Large Big-headed Ant
Queen: dorsal
Ellura
Large Big-headed Ant
Queen: Head
 
    
Large Big-headed Ant (Pheidole antipodum)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: profile

Thank you Nigel Main for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~13.5mm long.
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.

Copyright © 2020 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 25-Apr-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.