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Working together Green Ants - Oecophylla smaragdina are amazing to watch. <br />
<a href="http://www.jungledragon.com/image/37146" rel="nofollow">http://www.jungledragon.com/image/37146</a> This it a Queen starting a new nest.<br />
<a href="http://www.jungledragon.com/image/37147" rel="nofollow">http://www.jungledragon.com/image/37147</a> Building the first nest.<br />
<a href="http://www.jungledragon.com/image/37148" rel="nofollow">http://www.jungledragon.com/image/37148</a> One more ...  Australia,Geotagged,Oecophylla smaragdina,Summer Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Working together

Green Ants - Oecophylla smaragdina are amazing to watch.
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/37146 This it a Queen starting a new nest.
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/37147 Building the first nest.
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/37148 One more ...

    comments (8)

  1. Great scene Christiane. Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks Mark.. Posted 3 years ago
  2. Both hilarious and fascinating. What are they doing in this scene? Transporting the leaf?

    PS: please don't forget to set the country.
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. These are tree ants building a new nest.. Posted 3 years ago
    2. As Christiane says, they are building a new nest. The workers span the gap between 2 edges of a leaf and use their bodies to pull it together sort of like an 'Ant clamp'. Then another worker, with an ant larvae stimulates the larvae which secretes a special type of glue to join the leaf together. I don't think there's many ant's that do this (if any? I'll have to check). Pretty clever though, using the babies as little glue guns! Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
      1. That's ridiculously specialist behavior, so cool! Posted 3 years ago
  3. Fantastic! I saw a bunch of these ants in the Northern Territory at various spots, but I never saw them doing anything as interesting as this. Posted 3 years ago
  4. Really a funny scene! Posted 3 years ago

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''Oecophylla smaragdina'' is a species of arboreal ant found in Asia and Australia. They make nests in trees made of leaves stitched together using the silk produced by their larvae.

Weaver ants may be red or green. In Malaysia, they are labelled as ''kerengga'' .

The larvae and pupae are collected and processed into bird food, fish bait and in the production of traditional medicines in Thailand and Indonesia.

Species identified by Christiane Geissler
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By Christiane Geissler

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Uploaded Mar 9, 2016. Captured Jan 23, 2012 14:41 in 114 Alligator Creek Rd, Alligator Creek QLD 4816, Australia.
  • DMC-FT2
  • f/3.3
  • 10/1000s
  • ISO80
  • 4.9mm