ACT Fat-bummed Cactus Ant

To: "'Geoffrey Dabb'" <>, <>
Subject: ACT Fat-bummed Cactus Ant
From: "Peter Ormay" <>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 09:52:49 +1000

I suggest they be positively identified in case they are an introduced species and could become a pest.



From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Sunday, 18 May 2014 4:02 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] ACT Fat-bummed Cactus Ant


This afternoon, Elizabeth Compston of Wells Gardens, valued member of this chatline and tireless advocate of name-tag wearing, asked me to photograph some unusual small ants she had discovered in her cactus garden.  The ants appeared to have made a coffee-cup-size nest of fine plant material, matted together, at the base of a cactus plant,  They were about 3mm long excluding antennae.  Most (not all) had an unusually large abdomen by comparison with the normal run of picnic ant.  I said to Elizabeth:  “Someone is bound to know about these chaps”  … (?)


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