So I paid a casual visit to the local bush track this morning after work. Just checking things, not hoping to see much, since it was early and cold.
I flipped over a rock and saw something black, and dug around a bit, but it ran away. Then I saw this big long legged ant scurrying about a few inches away.
I captured it, thinking it was a Camponotus intrepidus minor, it was Camponotus looking and big enough, plus with a maroon coloured thorax.
But several others pointed out it's a Leptomyrmex, spider ant
1cm with long legs
Not sure on what species though?
Earlier I thought she might have ocelli, but no, she just a plain worker...
She does love her water, lapped the cotton wool in the test tube earlier. And really loves her raw honey
She's been sipping away the last 15 mins, and still does as I type this out!
Still, would never have thought these existed right near to my house!
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