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Quite a large ant in Kambah

By 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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Quite a large ant in Kambah
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 1:59 pm 24 Dec 08

Where’s my photo of the Pobblebonk?

Vic Bitterman 12:56 pm 24 Dec 08

They look like the ants we have in our backyard. Not bullants as they have relatively tiny nippers and are harmless.

tylersmayhem 12:38 pm 24 Dec 08

I hope that ant had big pockets. He’s RICH!

Pommy bastard 12:29 pm 24 Dec 08

Skidbladnir said :

I will one-up you sometime shortly.
The ones I have in mind can clean a fox skull in a few days, and live right next to the Parkway.

Will they do a contract clean on my house for Xmas?

BerraBoy68 12:19 pm 24 Dec 08

Avast Poptop. That’s just a wee bairn compared to the 4-5cm, six-legged beast I encountered in travels last weekend. I might go back to where I flicked it off the car and look for it. Shouldn’t be too hard to find, it’s probaby being used a speed-hump or a roundabout.

Mr Evil 11:59 am 24 Dec 08

No one is bigger than 50 Cent!!!!

peterh 11:33 am 24 Dec 08

Skidbladnir said :

I will one-up you sometime shortly.
The ones I have in mind can clean a fox skull in a few days, and live right next to the Parkway.

I thought that was the residents in curtin?

Skidbladnir 11:21 am 24 Dec 08

I will one-up you sometime shortly.
The ones I have in mind can clean a fox skull in a few days, and live right next to the Parkway.

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