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Red Spider Ant - Leptomyrmex rufipes

Subfamily Dolichoderinae

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

Body length 12mm
Spider Ants are fast moving, with long legs, long antenna, elongated head and thin body. Red Spider Ants have the orange-brown body with black gaster. 
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When disturbed, they will  cock up their gaster in the air. 
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In Brisbane, Red Spider Ants are commonly found in wet eucalypt forests and rainforest. They are usually found foraging alone. 
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We found the Red Spider Ants in rainforest and semi-rainforest near Mt Coot-tha, Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious. They were usually running up and down on tree trunk or wandering on forest floor alone. We seldom found them in group as other ants species.
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In the above pictures, the ant was alone and working very hard moving a roll of leaf material. Inside the roll could be a small caterpillar. 
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We found one in Mt Tamborine on late winter Sept 2007. It was a cool cloudy day and it was the only ant we found in the rainforest in that day. The ant was wandering alone.
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1. Wildlife of Greater Brisbane - New edition, Published by Queensland Museum 2007, p171. 

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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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