Iridomyrmex reburrus - meat ant
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

There are about a dozen species of meat ants (I. purpureus species group) in Australia. These large, colorful, soil-nesting ants are common in arid habitats throughout the continent.   The ant pictured is I. reburrus, a northern species.

Australia, QLD: Coen.
25.viii.2004, 13º56.355'S 143º11.969'E, 200m
Disturbed sclerophyll woodland.
#AW2511, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC

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