Large Big-headed Ant
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)|
|Family:||Small Ant (Ant: Formicidae Myrmicinae)|
|Species:||Large Big-headed Ant (Pheidole antipodum)|
|This Photo:||Queen: dorsal|
Thank you Nigel Main for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We saw these occasionally flying around us one day. I thought they were beetles. Marie caught this one in her hands and we realised it was an ant.
Nigel said it's the largest species of Pheidole in Australia.