Polyrhachis (Cyrtomyrma) sp.
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Some Polyrhachis species are weaver ants.  They make their nests in folded leaves held with larval silk, as shown here.  This nesting behavior is similar to that of the better-known Oecophylla weaver ants, which are only distantly related to the Polyrhachis weavers.

Australia, QLD: Iron Range National Park  27.viii.2004, 12º42.846'S 143º17.218'E, 10m
#AW2542, 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.