Oecophylla smaragdina

Oecophylla smaragdina

Oecophylla smaragdina

(Green Tree Ant)

SUBFAMILY

Formicinae

Species

Oecophylla smaragdina

Common name

Green Tree Ant

Main colour

Green abdomen, yellow-green thorax

Size

5-10 mm

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

This is one of weaver ants, where the workers pull the leaves together and seal them using the silk produced by the larvae. Nests will be found all over the campus, the ants will bite when disturbed as they defend their nests. The abdomen may be eaten as bush tucker, taste is not unpleasant, a bit like lime, the larvae may also be eaten or squashed in water to make a refreshing drink. The greenish abdomen has several horizontal ridges on it.