Arid Honey-carrying Ant
Major Worker, Eye
Small Arid Honey-carrying Ant
Queen, Dorsal & Petiole
Arid Honey-carrying Ant (Melophorus sp ES01)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Modern Ant (Ant: Formicidae Formicinae)
Species: Arid Honey-carrying Ant (Melophorus sp ES01)
This Photo:     Major Worker, ventral
Other name: Furnace Ant

Thank you Kate Sandiford for identifying and Peter Slingsby for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~6mm long.
Looks very much like Big-headed Ants, but have only one petiole node putting it in the a different sub-family.
Kate also said this was a Major Worker.

Copyright © 2018-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 09-Dec-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.