Baby Bull Ant
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Ellura
Funnel Ant
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Baby Bull Ant (Myrmecia urens)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Bull Ant (Ant: Formicidae Myrmeciinae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Baby Bull Ant (Myrmecia urens)
This Photo:     Head & Mandibles

Thank you Kate Sandiford for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Tiny, ~6mm! We've never seen a bull ant so small.
This one is unusually hairy, has a green tint all over it's body with the first node (on the petiole) having a splash of red.
It was foraging in a flower of Melaleuca lanceolata at ~9 am, before the heat started.

Copyright © 2021-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Feb-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.