Thursday, 1 July 2010

A Weaver-ant Queen

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Featured in these images is a Weaver-ant queen (Oecophylla smaragdina). After a queen has mated with a male, she will descend to the ground, search out a suitable place for a nest, and bite off her wings and lays eggs.

A weaver ant queen

You can see from these images, however, that this one hasn’t lost her wings yet. It is clear that she hasn’t yet found a nest yet.

A weaver ant queen

When I found her, she was wandering about , perhaps in search of a nest. Strangely, it seemed to be quite aggressive, as you may note from the images, with jaws open and ready to bite.

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Alternatively, this one may also be the result of a failed mating…perhaps a diseased female, biding her time in her final moments…who knows!

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