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Bull ant blitzkrieg A winged Myrmecia brevinoda showed no fear when our paths crossed during summer, earlier this year. This moment captured as it rushed me at speed while crawling across a window with ease. <br />
Impressively large in size, fast moving and highly alert - these ants have advanced vision and are able to look out for potential threats from a distance of 1 metre. I have a suspicion I was being tracked by this character way before I had spotted it. <br />
The strong claw-like mandibles seen here help them in searching for food, crushing prey and to scare off predators.  Their sting contains extremely potent venom which causes severe pain. <br />
This is either a potential queen or winged male during nuptial flight. <br />
4 cm body length<br />
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Bull ant blitzkrieg

A winged Myrmecia brevinoda showed no fear when our paths crossed during summer, earlier this year. This moment captured as it rushed me at speed while crawling across a window with ease.
Impressively large in size, fast moving and highly alert - these ants have advanced vision and are able to look out for potential threats from a distance of 1 metre. I have a suspicion I was being tracked by this character way before I had spotted it.
The strong claw-like mandibles seen here help them in searching for food, crushing prey and to scare off predators. Their sting contains extremely potent venom which causes severe pain.
This is either a potential queen or winged male during nuptial flight.
4 cm body length


    comments (7)

  1. Wow!! Posted one year ago
  2. Very cool, Ruth! :o Posted one year ago
  3. Ruth, awesome capture!
    "Myrmecia brevidosa" seems very little used when searching for it, it points back to JungleDragon, and nothing else on the web. I'm thinking perhaps the alternative name is "Myrmecia brevinoda". Can you confirm that this is indeed the species you refer to?
    Posted one year ago
    1. Yes, typing too fast and a Monday late at night/I'm tired post! Thank you for noticing. I will amend. Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
  4. From today's Facebook post:

    Bull ants (Myrmecia sp.) are the largest ants in Australia. Actually, there are very few ant species on Earth that can rival their size. Workers grow to approximately 37 mm (1.5 in), while queens can exceed 40 mm (1.6 in)! They are truly giants among ants. Bull ants have a spectacular appearance thanks to their huge mandibles and slender bodies. Unlike many ant species, bull ants are highly alert and have excellent eyesight—they can track and follow intruders from a meter away!

    Their mandibles may look ferocious, but they are mostly used for carrying, not for biting. So, the good news is that they are unlikely to bite you. But, the bad news is that bull ants can sting. Due to their large size, they are capable of injecting a lot of venom when compared to smaller insects. In fact, they are fortified with six times as much venom as a honeybee! And, bull ants can deliver multiple stings in a single attack because they don’t have a barbed stinger. So, they can just keep stinging until they are content to relent.

    Despite their fearsome reputation and abilities, bull ants are quite passive. They don’t seek conflict, but won’t hesitate to attack when they or their colony are threatened. The sting of the bull ant is simply self-defense. {Myrmecia brevinoda spotted in NSW, Australia by JungleDragon user, Ruth Spigelman} #JungleDragon #bullant #ant #Myrmeciabrevinoda #Myrmecia
    Posted 7 months ago
    1. Nice!
      Very cool about their mandibles! I definitely wouldn't want a sting from one of these :O
      Posted 7 months ago
  5. Great photo, very interesting info.

    Posted 7 months ago

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''Myrmecia brevinoda'' is a species of bull ant which is only native to Australia. These ants are only found in the eastern Australian states of Queensland , New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory. It was first discovered in 1910.

Worker ants have been known to measure 3.7 cm in total length, while queens can exceed 4.0 cm in length, making them one of the largest type of bull ant in Australia and in the world. Most of their body is dark red, with the exception.. more

Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Aug 27, 2018. Captured Feb 22, 2018 13:53 in 33 Wrightson Ave, Bar Beach NSW 2300, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/2.8
  • 1/83s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm