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#1 Offline Buglet - Posted October 25 2021 - 6:30 PM

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Hey everyone!
 

Wanted to make this thread to share the ants I find whilst bushwalking in my home state of Victoria

These first photos I am going to share with you are from a trip I made over the weekend to a local bushland reserve near my house, observing for the Great Southern Bioblitz. The reserve is a mix of lowland eucalypt forest and damp heathy woodland. My brother and I arrived around mid afternoon and it was already very warm (26 Degrees Celsius) and humid. There had been a lot of rain the previous few days so it was the perfect time to look for some queens.

The first find of the day was a congregation of funnel ant queens (Aphaenogaster longiceps) under a piece of bark. Their common name derives from the funnel shaped nest entrances they construct. Workers aren't usually seen foraging outside of the nest and instead rely on insects falling down the funnel and getting stuck. 

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Alate queens preparing to fly

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Further along the track I was lucky to spot this dealate tawny legged bull ant queen (Myrmecia fulvipes) hiding under a piece of bark.

 

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Rhytidoponera aspera workers foraging along a fallen tree. Similar in appearance to R. metallica however can be separated due to their reddish/tawny coloured legs whereas metallica have dark appendages. 

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Golden tailed carpenter ant (Camponotus sp) foraging along the ground

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Here's an interesting find: Mayriella sp (Possibly M. ebbei?) found foraging along the ground near the carpark. Love the elongated compound eyes.

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#2 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted October 25 2021 - 6:49 PM

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WOW! Those pictures are stunning!


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#3 Offline Shazza - Posted October 26 2021 - 12:14 PM

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Love the photos!!!
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#4 Offline PaigeX - Posted October 26 2021 - 12:47 PM

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Really clear and beautiful Pictures. I wish I had the money to buy a camera that can take pictures like that. Amazing job <3


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Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

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#5 Offline Ecthelion - Posted November 2 2021 - 3:50 PM

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Woah, the fulvipes is really cool! I've been wanting a fulvipes for a while! Any tips on finding them?



#6 Offline WideBrownLand - Posted November 5 2021 - 10:57 PM

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I am in Victoria as well and go looking for new ants all the time. Here are some Melophorus species that I found today.

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