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Jack jumper ant ( Myrmecia pilosula) Approximately 25 mm , observed foraging for food on agapanthus plants . Very aware of its surroundings and following any movement near it. Australia,Geotagged,Jack jumper,Myrmecia pilosula,Summer Click/tap to enlarge

Jack jumper ant ( Myrmecia pilosula)

Approximately 25 mm , observed foraging for food on agapanthus plants . Very aware of its surroundings and following any movement near it.

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  1. Very cool spotting! Did you see it jump? Posted 16 days ago
    1. Sorry Christine for the late reply but wifi not good. No I have never seen them jump but I know that it hurts very much when you get bitten. Posted 8 days ago
      1. They do look like they would have a painful bite. Posted 8 days ago

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The Myrmecia pilosula, commonly known as the jack jumper, jumping jack, hopper ant, or jumper ant, is a species of venomous ant native to Australia. Most frequently found in Tasmania and southeast mainland Australia, it is a member of the genus ''Myrmecia'', subfamily Myrmeciinae, and was formally described and named by British entomologist Frederick Smith in 1858. This species is known for the ability to jump long distances. These ants are large; workers and males are approximately the same size:.. more

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Uploaded Jan 2, 2019. Captured Jan 1, 2019 16:14 in 18a Calderwood Rd, Galston NSW 2159, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 700D
  • f/22.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO6400
  • 55mm