Oecophylla smaragdina - Green Tree Ant
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Green tree ants hauling a grasshopper carcass to their nest.  Oecophylla ants are voracious predators and play important roles in the ecology of tropical forests in Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Australia, QLD, Cape York: Hann River crossing, Peninsula Development Road. 23.viii.2004
15º11.363'S 143º52.447'E, 50m
Riparian Eucalyptus forest
#AW2477, 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.