Entomologists' Corner

To: Lindsay Hansch <>
Subject: Entomologists' Corner
From: David Rees <>
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 06:37:54 +0000
I can attest to the painfulness of their sting, having been bitten multiple bites on one occasion, fortunately I suffered no ill effect, you may not know if you are at risk until you are!  Look where your feet are!!

here is a close video of mine of some of these creatures


On Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 3:47 PM, Lindsay Hansch <> wrote:
Very common in Tasmania.  Some people have severe allergic reactions to their sting.  I have had to help carry people out of the bush, unable to walk, after they were stung by the old Jack Jumper.
Lindsay Hansch

From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Sunday, 5 February 2017 11:23 AM
To: m("","canberrabirds");" target="_blank">
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Entomologists' Corner

Yes Con, that’s the chap.  My grandfather, who lived at Upwey, called them hopper ants and warned me about them a very long time ago.  I might have added that ants generally have been very active this summer



From: Con Boekel [
Sent: Sunday, 5 February 2017 10:52 AM
To: Geoffrey Dabb
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Entomologists' Corner


Hi Geoffrey

Are Hopper Ants also called Jack Jumper Ants? The latter can cause deadly anaphylactic shock.




On 2/5/2017 10:28 AM, Geoffrey Dabb wrote:

While engaging in a short session of dogball on Rocky Knob Neighbourhood Park just now I came across a colony of hopper ants.  I have seen these in local woodlands but not so close to home.  They are larger than the meat ant, certainly hop, and have (as I experienced just now) a more painful sting – more so than the bull-ant, in my opinion.  On a close view they have orange pincers.   I wonder where they came from. If they turn up in your garden you will certainly want to get rid of them.


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