Red Tail Three Quarter Inch Ant
A new species in my front yard - have never seen them before.
Have been digging via search but have not been able to id this one.
Some kind of Myrmecia I presume.
An increasingly active nest which I first noticed the end of the Australian 2020 summer, the nest was totally quite over winter. Now mid-summer and the nest is quite busy.
Very attractive ant, somewhat shy.
''Myrmecia mandibularis'' is an Australian species of ''Myrmecia''. Average sizes for the ''Myrmecia mandibularis'' is around 15-30 millimetres. They have a similar appearance to the ''Myrmecia pilosula'', except their mandibles are completely black while most of their abdomen is in an orange colour.
Described in 1858, the species is mainly found in the southern regions of Australia, and most frequently seen around Perth.