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Image taken on wildlife refuge of a colony of Sugar ants. An enlargement shows both soldier and forager ants moving pupa.” These ants are stingless, however can spray acid from their abdomens to deter predators. Interestingly, the forager ants have smaller abdomens and store less food in their bodies . This minimises the loss to the ant society in case the forager ants do not return to the nest”.
Reference and further reading courtesy; www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_ants/SugarAnt.htm
“Lerps are tiny white protective shells, 2-10mm long, produced on eucalypt leaves by sap sucking phyllid beetles. They are made largely of sugars and starches extracted from the sap and excreted by the bug. Lerps resemble tiny limpets, scallops or tufts of fairy floss. Lerps also called “sugar bread” is harvested by running gum leaves between the teeth. Lerps are an important food source for Indigenous cultures throughout Australia. Found growing on fresh Grey Ironbark (E. siderophloia) leaves on the wildlife refuge.
Reference; Low, T. Wild Food Plants of Australia.
A large predator who hunts alone, getting by on a combination of vision, venom (formic acid) and sheer ferocity. They prey on bees and other ant species across the wildlife refuge. Their nest is large and dome shaped. There are usually several guards stationed at the entrances. They are aggressive, capable of jumping and biting repeatedly causing very painful stings.