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At the Farm.. THE ANT FARM!

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  1. Is it a mutualist/symbiosis relation between the ants and the Cicadellidae nymphs? Great capture, cheers* Posted 4 years ago
  2. Species looks like 'Iridomyrmex purpureus' although can't be 100% sure based on the picture. Very nice shot though. It's entirely possible that they are the species above, based on an entry from Wikipedia about the 'Meat ant':

    Meat ants play an important role in both the environment and for humans. A single nest is capable of dispersing over 300,000 plant seeds and they have formed symbiotic relationships with many insects and may be used as a form of pest control to kill the cane toad, an invasive species.

    (Sources: http://www.antstore.net/shop/ants/Ants-from-Australia/Iridomyrmex-cf--purpureus-4899.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meat_ant)
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. Sorry.. I just had another look at these.. They are too small for meat ants.. They are only around 5 mm long.

      Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago

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By Christiane Geissler

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Uploaded Mar 27, 2016. Captured Mar 25, 2016 17:39 in 200 Baldaw Rd, Captain Creek QLD 4677, Australia.
  • DMC-FT5
  • f/3.3
  • 10/600s
  • ISO100
  • 4.9mm