Friday, 25 March 2011


We spotted this huge ant, easily 5cm long, on a tree near our campsite.  He/she was a very pretty iridescent green.

At this stage I don't have an insect identification guide and in any case it seems Australia is home to 1275 described species and subspecies of ants - so they would probably require a whole book to themselves!

The CSIRO has a website dedicated to ant information:-

As detailed as the CSIRO "Ant Down Under" site is, I have yet to identify the ant in the pic. Have a look at the "Identification" area and see what I mean!

The other site I refer to from time to time is but they have considerably less detail regarding ants, so I can't see my fellow there either!

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