Nocturnal Sugar Ant
Mandibles
Ellura
Jumbuck Sugar Ant
Back & petiole
 
    
Jumbuck Sugar Ant (Camponotus ephippium ssp ephippium)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Ant (Ant: Formicidae)
Species: Jumbuck Sugar Ant (Camponotus ephippium ssp ephippium)
This Photo:     Whole

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
Roaming, held up by processionary caterpillars
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
The shape of the back, face and the petiol are diagnostic. This is a minor worker and is about 9mm long. There are no pictures of this species anywhere on the net, so it's taken years to finally find out what it is; using this excellent, ameteur friendly key from the SA museum

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 11-Feb-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.