Hey Spider! What are you doing?

Well human, I’ve made a lunchbox out of ants and bum rope and I’m taking it somewhere. I’m a really tiny spider you’ve named Europys and I specialise in preying on ants! I ambush them and wrap them in silk and take them somewhere to eat or use for food for my babies. Don’t worry, there are enough…

Inside a Rattle Ant Nest

Rattle Ants (Polyrhachis sp.) are big black and shiny tree ants. They look like your best pair of highly polished patent leather shoes. Only ant shaped and a lot smaller and not really shoe-like at all and a bit more shiny. They build messy nests made up of mushed up bark and leaves and silk. The…

Ants: Rhytidiponera

According to antweb.org there are over 100 species of Rhytidiponera ants in Australia but the most well known is the Green-headed Ant – Rhytidiponera metallica. These ants have terrorised children across the country, surely for as long as there have been people here, and adults are not immune to their painful stings. But they are more than…

Drinking Straws for Ants

My usual macro adventures tend to turn up something of interest even if the spot is very familiar to me – like Oxley Creek Common, one of my favourites! One of my most interesting finds was this fabulous waxy straw poking out of the branch of an Ironbark tree. There were mostly big black Rattle…

White-footed Ants: Technomyrmex

These ants are extremely common and have colonised most of the world using uncommon habits. Unlike most other ants, up to half of the colony will be fertile females called Intercastes. An established colony will produce winged males and females once a year in spring but after a new colony is established, the queen will…