Adelaide's Muscle Man Ant
S1: dorsal
Ellura
Adelaide's Muscle Man Ant
S1: head
 
                      
Adelaide's Muscle Man Ant (Podomyrma adelaidae)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Small Ant (Ant: Formicidae Myrmicinae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Adelaide's Muscle Man Ant (Podomyrma adelaidae)
This Photo:     🔍S4: profile🔎
Other name: Spotted Muscleman Tree Ant

Thank you Kate Sandiford, Asimakis Patitsas & Emmett Collins-Sussman for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
~7mm long. Found 1.5m off the ground in the flower of a Melaleuca lanceolata bush.
Kate Sandiford indicated queens also have the gaster spots, so the Podomyrma sp queen shown below is a different species.

Copyright © 2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 30-Sep-2022
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.