Iridomyrmex purpureus - Australian Meat Ant
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

A meat ant forages in a eucalypt flower.  Meat ants are large, active insects and among the most conspicuous of the Australian ants.

Australia, VIC: Yandoit, c. 18 km SW Castlemaine.
37º11'S 144º05'E, 290m, 23.ii.2006
Dry Sclerophyll, along roadside

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.