Electric Ant Photo in Cairns Post was of Wrong Ant
The electric ant photo shown in the Cairns post is not an electricant - it is something else. An number of ant databases around the worldprovide information about the electric or as it is also known, littlefire ant. This post provides links to 2 sites which have good photos ofants. Click on any of the photos to enlarge.
- Antweb - electric ant (Wasmannia auropunctata) - might be a preserved specimen so colours may not be acurate, always based identification on shape and not colour
- Globally Invasive Species Database (Wasmannia auropunctata)
Best photo of electric ant from Globally Invasive Species Database Also of interest is the list of the top 100 pests in the world. A few familiar animals and plants are on the list including:
One native Australian animal also makes it onto the list, the brown tree snakeor night tiger (don't use this name as the snake is very different tothe tiger snake of southern Australia) The brown tree snake eats birdsand on islands has been known to wipe out bird populations. ManyAustralian plants are major pests in other parts of the world, but thatis a for another time.