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Small ant on the eye of a bull ant worker

This is a black-and-white image, produced by a scanning electron microscope (SEM), of a small ant ('Carebara atomus', previously 'Oligomyrmex atomus') on the eye of a bull ant worker ('Myrmecia brevinoda'), dramatically showing the extraordinary disparity in their sizes. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, ...

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Bull ant queen

This is a colour photograph of a bull ant queen ('Myrmecia' sp) that has shed her wings. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Ants helping stick insects?

Some animals depend on other animal species to survive and reproduce. Watch this clip to discover that ants, which mistake stick insect eggs for a seed to eat, actually help to protect stick insect eggs before they hatch into new babies. Find out how this relationship and some adaptations affect the life cycle of stick insects.

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Primary Connections: Schoolyard safari

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the external features of small animals and how their features help them survive in their habitats, through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Investigations into how a range of small animals move, feed and protect themselves are conducted, and comparisons ...

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Who lives here?

Search a rainforest habitat in north-east Australian for clues about animals that live there. Track down hidden animals. Find clues such as animal sounds, tracks and shadows. Check species descriptions to identify which animals might live in the area. Write a survey report including observations and conclusions.

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'Watunuma' (Warturnuma) (Flying Ant Dreaming) by Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1976

This acrylic painting depicts Warturnuma (the ancestral flying ant), who was immense and had a long beard and wizened face. He flew just above the treetops, travelling westward through the lands of the Anmatyerr and Warlpiri peoples. At Ngunga, north-west of Alice Springs, he landed for the last time, crawled on his arthritic ...

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Mini-beasts

This collection of 24 digital curriculum resources is organised into categories of insects, arachnids, centipedes and crustaceans, with descriptions of their sometimes bizarre body features and behaviours in a category titled body structure and adaptations. Colour photographs, scientific illustrations and close-up microscope ...

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Meat ants with grasshopper leg

This colour image is a photograph of meat ants ('Iridomyrmex purpureus') moving a grasshopper leg into their nest. Meat ants are quite large ants with long legs, a large red head and a black abdomen. Eight or so ants are working together to move the grasshopper leg.

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Animal weapons: bulldog ant

This is a colour clip showing Australian bulldog ants (also known as bull ants) attacking and killing their prey. The ants attack a honey bee, grasping it with their jaws and arching their bodies to sting the bee. The bee, lacking in flexibility, is unable to launch its stinger. They also kill a beetle, giving it to their ...

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Animal weapons: green tree ant

This is a colour clip about the green tree ant ('Oecophylla smaragdina') a type of weaver ant that lives in colonies in tropical regions of the world. Green tree ants have perfected the art of teamwork to build their nests of leaves between the branches of trees. They cooperate to capture a grasshopper, a feat impossible ...

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Animal weapons: slave-maker ant

This is a colour clip about the unbalanced alliance between a slave-maker ant of the 'Polyergus' genus, also known as the Amazon ant, and another species of ant from the 'Formica' genus. The slave-maker ants raid the colonies of the 'Formica' ants en masse with the 'Polyergus' queen taking over the raided colony. The slave-maker ...

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Two worker honey-pot ants resting in the nest

This is a black-and-white photograph of two worker honey-pot ants ('Camponotus inflatus') resting in the nest, showing their swollen abdomens where they store nutrients for the colony. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Green tree ants building a nest

This is a black-and-white illustration of green tree ants ('Oecophylla smaragdina') using silk from their larvae to build a nest. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Tree-living ant

This is a colour photograph of a tree-living ant ('Camponotus thadeus') showing the distinctive yellow hairs on its body. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Head of a 'Melophorus' ant

This is a colour photograph of the head of a furnace ant ('Melophorus' sp) in close-up view from the front. It shows the distinctively long hairs on the underside of the head and the mandibles that are characteristic of this genus. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Head of a 'Myopias' ant

This is a colour photograph of the head of an ant of the genus 'Myopias' in close-up view, showing the mandibles and antennae. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Head of a 'Mystrium' ant

This is a colour photograph of the head of an ant of the genus 'Mystrium' in close-up view. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Silver beauty ant

This is a colour photograph of a silver beauty ant ('Calomyrmex albertisi') covered with long, erect hairs (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Green tree ant

This is a colour photograph of a green tree ant ('Oecophylla smaragdina') showing its distinctive colouration. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Green-headed ant

This is a colour photograph of a green-headed ant ('Rhytidoponera metallica') in close up. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)