Quite a large ant in Kambah

poptop 24 December 2008 27
    Quite big ant in Kambah

In view of the pathological interest the RiotACT Community takes in all forms of Formicidae, here is my contribution to the influx of giant ants [complete with a coin for scale]. While not 4-5 cm and thick as my thumb, this ant has the value of having been photographed. She and her sisters don’t seem very fierce.

Who’s seen and photographed a bigger local ant?

[ED (Kramer) – Who would have thought RiotACT would become Canberra’s leading authority on ants?]


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Granny Granny 11:05 am 06 Jan 09

peterh said :

I thought it was shard-on-ay….

You would think ….

; )

peterh peterh 10:54 am 06 Jan 09

Granny said :

I’m rather good at scoffing, aren’t I?

*chuckle*

I do believe you really, but then I believed Overheard last night when he told me how my wine should be pronounced as ‘car-donnay’ ….

I thought it was shard-on-ay….

and how do you know how big poptop’s ants are?

Granny Granny 10:50 am 06 Jan 09

I’m rather good at scoffing, aren’t I?

*chuckle*

I do believe you really, but then I believed Overheard last night when he told me how my wine should be pronounced as ‘car-donnay’ ….

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 10:39 am 06 Jan 09

Granny said :

Poptop’s ants are definitely the biggest!

: )

4 – 5 cm and thick as my thumb … missing local children and cats get dragged into undergrowth ….

*chuckle*

You may scoff granny, but the beast-ant I saw before christmas is out there somewhere…

Granny Granny 10:17 am 06 Jan 09

Poptop’s ants are definitely the biggest!

: )

4 – 5 cm and thick as my thumb … missing local children and cats get dragged into undergrowth ….

*chuckle*

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 9:35 am 06 Jan 09

farout said :

I once strayed into Kambah. Didnt notice the ants but saw some rather large bogans.

You must have been either on the Marconi side of Drakeford Dr. or the Tuggeranong end of the Kambah playing fields:)

poptop poptop 9:15 am 06 Jan 09

I am beginning to believe my ants are the biggest!

peterh peterh 9:25 am 05 Jan 09

farout said :

I once strayed into Kambah. Didnt notice the ants but saw some rather large bogans.

damn! been spotted. my ant nest with the oversized ants has become a smoking hole in the ground. kero works a treat. (only because the wife was freaking out)

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 9:11 am 05 Jan 09

Fox-cleaning ants have been found again, I shall take the hound for a walk and get some photos with a 50c piece for comparison.

farout farout 8:12 am 26 Dec 08

I once strayed into Kambah. Didnt notice the ants but saw some rather large bogans.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:26 pm 25 Dec 08

okay, my fox-cleaner ants have apparently been hit by the grass mowers and now I have no idea where the entrance to their lair is. But if any local children go missing or cats get dragged into the undergrowth, I’ll get photos.

huwr huwr 9:25 am 25 Dec 08

Utah, I already said. It’s a Banded Sugar Ant. They’re quite common: http://www.geocities.com/brisbane_ants/BandedSugarAnt.htm 🙂

Dome Dome 11:27 pm 24 Dec 08

Well yesterday I found a European Wasp at least an inch (2.5cm) long dragging a dead Huntsman at least twice its size – across my kitchen floor! I assume the wasp was cruising by and spotted the spider on my back deck, swooped for the kill, and then decided my open door led to a parking/resting/feeding place.

utah utah 10:51 pm 24 Dec 08

I have a hunch that’s a wingless wasp, not an ant.

Any entomologists want to weigh in?

Pesty Pesty 9:48 pm 24 Dec 08

S.A. Mulder said :

This wouldn’t be the first time an ant of this size has turned up. There were stories from the amazon of a mythical ant-like creature that would stalk the forest at night and attack tribesmen and women when they let their guard down. They would call it the mayobiller. Perhaps what we’re seeing here is some sort of baby form of the mayobiller?

Gees, I love a challenge! Bring it on LOL! Makes the European wasp sound positively tame by comparison

S.A. Mulder S.A. Mulder 6:54 pm 24 Dec 08

This wouldn’t be the first time an ant of this size has turned up. There were stories from the amazon of a mythical ant-like creature that would stalk the forest at night and attack tribesmen and women when they let their guard down. They would call it the mayobiller. Perhaps what we’re seeing here is some sort of baby form of the mayobiller?

astrojax astrojax 5:35 pm 24 Dec 08

aah, so these are what my ants are, not bullants… and they’re so friendly they gave me a chrissy present and babysat while i nipped out to the pub..! ; )

Pesty Pesty 4:27 pm 24 Dec 08

I don’t care what they eat! If they come my way, it’s likely to be their last Christmas!

huwr huwr 3:41 pm 24 Dec 08

Quite common around Canberra is the Sugar Ant (Camponotus consobrinus). I think this is an example of one. Like someone else said, it looks like a small bulldog ant (Myrmecia spp), except Sugar Ants have tiny nippers and are quite friendly.

Thumper Thumper 1:59 pm 24 Dec 08

Where’s my photo of the Pobblebonk?

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