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Furnace Ant - Melophorus sp. 

Subfamily Formicinae

This page contains pictures and information about Furnace Ants that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Worker body length 8 and 10mm
We notice this group of ants when a steam of winged class ants coming out from the nest entry. When a bit of disturbed, the winged class ants stopped coming out but the workers came out and looked for intruders. When further disturbed, workers rushed back into the nest. When we retreated, the steam of winged class ants resumed their coming out. They flied away soon after they came out from the entrance. 
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There were at least two different sizes of the workers. There were also two different sizes of the winged class. We believed they were males and female.  
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Photos were taken in Carbrook Wetland on Jan 2010. 

1. Australian Ants: Their Biology and Identification - S Shattuck, Natalie J Barnett, CSIRO, 1999, p96.
2. Melophorus Lubbock, 1883 - CSIRO, 2010. Ants Down Under, viewed 12 April 2010, <>. 

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Fire Ants - We are suffering the Fire Ants problem. 
The Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta, is a serious new pest which has been detected in Brisbane, Queensland. 
They can be the greatest ecological threat to Australia. More information please visit our Government Fire Ants web site.

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