Muscular Ant
Queen: Mandibles
Teddy Bear Bee
Male, dorsal & Wing Venation
Muscular Ant (Podomyrma sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Small Ant (Ant: Formicidae Myrmicinae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Muscular Ant (Podomyrma sp)
This Photo:     🔍Queen: Gaster Striations🔎

Thank you Kate Sandiford for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~6mm long. So far we have only found a Queen that has lost it's wings (dealate) walking on the ground. The strange shape on her back is the area where the wings were connected. Ants lose these on purpose when they have mated. Kate said these often live high up in tree tops, so trying baits at the base may attract some workers.

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This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.