Tetraponera punctulata

Tetraponera punctulata

Image of Tetraponera punctulata

(“A tree ant”)

SUBFAMILY

Pseudomyrmecinae

Species

Tetraponera punctulata

Common name

“a tree ant”

Main colour

Black

Size

About 6 mm long

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

These ants are strictly tree-dwellers and mostly forage there, although they may scavenge around the base of the trees they live on. They have big eyes and good eyesight, and they will often run around the other side of the tree if approached. In addition to scavenging, they may also tend scale insects. They have a sharp sting, but not a highly dangerous one. Figured is a specimen seen at Hann River, photo courtesy of Alex Wild, http://www.myrmecos.net/ants/