Giant Red Bull Ant
Giant Brown Bull Ant
Toothless Bull Ant
Jumper Ant
Giant Jumper Ant
Gilden-tail Bull Ant 
Baby Bull Ant
Tree Ants 
Black Valentine Ant
Bicoloured Pennant Ant
Muscleman Tree-ant
Yellow Shield Ant
Brown Shield Ant 
Green-headed Ant
Green Metallic Ant
Michelin Ant
Painted Strobe Ant
Black-headed Sugar Ant
Banded Sugar Ant
Orange-tailed Sugar Ant
Golden-tailed Sugar Ant
Dark Brown Sugar Ant 
Small Brown Sugar Ant
Furnace Ant 
Large Purple Meat Ant
Red-headed Tyrant Ant
Black Tyrant Ant
Brown Tyrant Ant 
Red Spider Ant
Black Spider Ant
Large Dolly Ant
Small Dolly Ant
Spiny Dolly Ant 


Subfamily Dolichoderinae - Meat Ants, Tyrant Ants and Spider Ants

This page contains pictures and information about Meat Ants, Tyrant Ants and Spider Ants that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Most ants species in the Dolichoderinae subfamily are general predators or scavengers. Some of them tend soft-bugs, such as aphids, to collect honeydew and some are associated with butterfly caterpillars. Theirs nests are usually found in the soil, rotten or living wood, in termite mounds and in cracks between rocks.
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                                                                            Tyrant Ant                                                           Spider Ant 
For the Dolichoderinae ants the petiole is a single segment. The gaster is smooth and does not have constrictions between the segments. The tip of the gaster is absent of sting, and is slit-like, without a circular opening.
Ants of Dolichoderinae are sometimes confused with species of Formicinae because both have a single segmented petiole, lack a sting and are often similar in overall body size and shape. Dolichoderines can be distinguished from formicines as the tip of the gaster has a slit-like opening while formicines have a small circular opening.

Large Purple Meat Ant, Mount Ant, Southern Meat Ant
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Iridomyrmex purpureus, body length 8-10mm
They are quite the large in size, with long legs and a large head. Their abdomen is black in colour with a dark red head. Their nests are built on ground in soil, as a sand dome on the surface, usually near foot path. They are common in the Brisbane bushes. Please click here for more pictures and information.
Red-headed Tyrant Ant
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Iridomyrmex reburrus, body length 8mm
Those ants have very long legs. They nested under small rock. Many of those nest can be found in Karawatha forest. Pictures were taken on Sept 2007. They have the red body with reddish brown head. Please click here for more pictures and information.
Black Tyrant Ant
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Iridomyrmex rufoniger or I. anceps, body length 6mm
This Black Tyrant Ant often be seen attending to various scale-insects and leafhoppers. Those ants get around them for their excretion of 'honey-dew', which contain the excess sugar. The ants are black in colour with a whitish coating. Click here for more information. 
Brown Tyrant Ant
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Iridomyrmex sp, body length 5mm
The Brown Tyrant Ants are shiny brown in colour. They are quite common in Brisbane bushes. For more information please check this page
Brown Tyrant Ant II
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Iridomyrmex sp, body length 6mm 
Red Spider Ant
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Leptomyrmex rufipes, body length 12mm
Pictures were taken in rainforest near Mt Nebo. The ant was alone and working very hard moving a roll of leaf material. The have long legs and resemble spiders. When disturbed, they will cock up their gaster in the air. More pictures and information please find in this page.
Black Spider Ant
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Leptomyrmex sp., body length 12mm
We found this Black Spider Ants in semi-rainforest area near Mt Coot-tha March 2008. The ant was wandering on forest floor alone. When we were talking its photos, it came to check our camera bag on the ground. More pictures and information can be found in this page
Large Dolly Ant
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Dolichoderus sp. (D. australis group), body length 8mm 
Dolly Ants often found tending honeydew-secreting insects. Workers forage in columns on the ground or on low vegetation and trees. Please check this page for more information.
Small Dolly Ant
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Dolichoderus sp. (D. australis group), body length 5mm
Small Dolly Ants are black in colour with pale bands on gaster. Head and mesosoma are heavily sculptured. Please click here for more information about this ant. 
Spiny Dolly Ant
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Dolichoderus sp. (D. scabridus group), body length 5mm
This Spiny Dolly Ant is black in colour, dark metallic green under sunlight. There are the spines on both propodeum and petiole. Please check this page for more information.
Black House Ant
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Ochetellus glaber, body length 10mm, 6mm
In a late spring afternoon, we found many winged female and male black ants used our rubbish bin top as meeting place.
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1. Dolichoderus spp. - Australian Insect Common Names, CSIRO, 2005.
2. Dolichoderus -, 2005.
3. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p289.
4. Australian Ants: Their Biology and Identification - S Shattuck, Natalie J Barnett, CSIRO, 1999, p64.

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