Rhytidoponera metallica

Rhytidoponera metallica

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(Green-head ants)

SUBFAMILY

Ectatomminae

Species

Rhytidoponera metallica

Common name

Green-head ants

Main colour

Black, but usually with blue and green iridescent metallic sheens

Size

About 6 mm long

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

These ants are fairly generalist feeders, being predatory and scavengers, but also being known on occasion to collect seeds and berries. They have a sting described as painful “out of proportion to their size’. They generally forage singly, but can recruit others sometimes with an odor trail and communicate alarm not only by pheromones but also by stridulation, that is by rubbing body parts together to produce sound. Figured is a specimen seen in Brisbane, photo courtesy Alex Wild. http://www.myrmecos.net/ants/