Sunday, 17 December 2017

Spider Ant

This spider ant Leptomyrmex sp was photographed in Ravensbourne National Park in south-east Queensland. This genus of ants is distinctive, with long legs and antennae, and a habit of carrying their gaster (abdomen) raised above their bodies. This enables them to shoot formic acid at any enemy in front of them.

Spider ants can be found in many environments, but especially in damp mountain forest like Ravensbourne.

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