Oecophylla smaragdina - Green Tree Ant
Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Tending scale insects inside a folded leaf shed.  In addition to making woven silk and leaf nests to house their colonies, weaver ants of this species will also make protective sheds for honeydew producing insects by folding leaves over and securing them with silk producing by the ants' larvae.

Australia, QLD: Cape Tribulation National Park 
1 km NW Cape Tribulation
30.viii.2004  16º03.981'S 145º27.822'E, 5m
Littoral vegetation along beach.
#AW2587, 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.