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 Ponerinae - Pony Ants

This page contains pictures and information about Pony Ants that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Ants in this subfamily range from small to medium size. Workers are generally forage on the ground. Some species specialise on very limited range of prey. Many species have powerful and painful stings used for subduing prey as well as defence against intruders.
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For the Ponerinae ants the mesosoma is attached to the gaster with a single segment.  The gaster usually has a distinct impression between the first and second segments.  There is the sting at the tip of their gaster. Their body usually distinctly sculptured. 

Green-headed Ant, Metallic Pony Ant
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Rhytidoponera metallica, body length 7mm
Green-head ants are black in colour and commonly found in gardens. They are one of the the most common ants in Australia. They move slowly and usually found foraging alone on ground or low vegetations. They are not aggressive but have weak stink. However, I have a painful sting experience for I had put my bare foot over their nest. They build their nest in soil openly or under rocks. More pictures and information please click on here.
Green Metallic Ant
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Rhytidoponera sp., body length 10mm
This ant look very similar to the species above, could be the same species. They are black in colour, with metallic purple-green colour on head and body. Please check this page for more information.  
Michelin Ants
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Onychomyrmex sp., body length 5mm
Michelin Ants are not easily seen for their workers are cryptic predators in soil and leaf litter. They are seldom seen foraging on the surface of the ground. More information can be found in this page.
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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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Last updated: April 12, 2010.