Any info on Papyrius? I believe these are an Australian parasitic species
I caught a queen of these.
Found another Papyrius queen in my backyard last week, although this one is slightly injured.
I moved her to a Iridomyrmex nest, and like with my other queen, they seem to excrete something that has a strong smell... when they encounter other ants
Then I noticed that none of the Iridomyrmex ants would actually attack her.... some would grab her and then let go immediately.
Very interesting. Might have something to do with the chemical she sprays, and does lend some weight to her being parasitic.
Anyway she eventually crawled into the nest with some prodding
Edited by CoolColJ, September 17 2018 - 4:12 PM.
Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies... Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/
Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/