Weaver Ant

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Weaver Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina)
Lorong Halus, 31st May 2017

This particular individual Weaver Ant was a gyne or queen (female reproductive) – she would have left her colony as an alate (winged reproductive), flown for some distance, mated and shed her wings, and then searched for a site to establish her own colony. Unfortunately, it appears that something had stepped on her, or she had gotten run over by a passing vehicle.

 

 

Weaver Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) being scavenged by Carpenter Ants (Camponotus auriventris) (?)
Chek Jawa, 14th March 2015

This particular individual Weaver Ant was a gyne or queen (female reproductive) – she would have left her colony as an alate (winged reproductive), flown for some distance, mated and shed her wings, and then searched for a site to establish her own colony. Unfortunately, it appears that something had stepped on her. The only colony she would ever sustain would be that of the Carpenter Ants scavenging on her remains.