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

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Oecophylla smaragdina, the green tree ant of Northern Australia, is a type of weaver ant.  These ants make their nests by tying living tree leaves together using silk produced by their larvae.  The silk is visible in this nest as white patches between the leaves.

Australia, QLD, Cape York: Horne Creek, 23k N Coen. 24.viii.2004
13º43.828'S 143º11.972'E, 160m
Eucalyptus woodland edge with riparian forest.
#AW2483, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60.