Agile Tyrant Ant
S6: Face
Blue Meat Ant
Dragging food
Agile Tyrant Ant (Iridomyrmex agilis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Odorous Ant (Ant: Formicidae Dolichoderinae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Agile Tyrant Ant (Iridomyrmex agilis)
This Photo:     S2: Ventral

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
~6 (S1) to ~7mm (S2 & S6).
The specimens here are slightly different sizes, possibly different heirarchies/ergates. Depending on the species, these heirarchies can consist of minor, median & major workers/ergates. Major workers are also known as soldier ants.
Notice there the it's not just the different lengths, but also the abdomen is a different proportion to the rest of the body.
We have captured & photographed 6 specimens, in Jan, Mar, July, Oct & Dec

Copyright © 2017-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 25-Jan-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.