Bullant on watch duty

Myrmecia rubripes


This ant came out with 5 others and stood still watching us. The others rushed around toward us but when we didn't respond or go away, they retreated back down the nest. This one stood still for a very long time and let me get close for some photos while Fred kept watch on the others.

  • Ron & Alenka Co 4y

    These ,I think , are like those we had in South Australia, usually quite aggressive if you walk on or near their nest but after a life time of encounters I never realised they stung with the tail end! Learn something new and the day has been of value. Mind you I have never tried to get bitten/stung by the blighters LOL
    A great series of pics ,and wise to have Fred watching out while you closed in:-)
  • Michael Jefferies 4y

    Fabulous series Jean. There are no pics of this species on EOL yet!
  • erniewastoo 4y

    wow Jean! great series and look at those long legs....what an imposing creature
  • • • • • • • • • • • • • 4y

    They obviously take themselves quite seriously.
    Wonderful series Jean. The top shot's terrific!
  • Mike Gordon 4y

    What a wonderful ant and brilliantly captured.
  • James Niland 4y

    Great series, love all those details
  • mark.photos 4y

    Wonderful shots!
  • zosterops 4y

    I'm sure we can all safely blame Farhan for greater risk-taking in ant shots, lol. They seem like such an "intelligent' critter the way they watch so closely and follow motion.
  • Jean and Fred 4y

    Farhan Bokhari These were special! and fortunately not very aggressive! LOL Fred did do a good job to make sure one didn't sneak up behind me.

    Thanks everyone! I am glad you enjoyed these ants! They are rather awesome and interesting when you stop and look at them.

    Michael Jefferies Thanks. I will get them onto EOL.

    zosterops Farhan certainly has increased the awareness of looking at and photographing ants. :D
  • David Illig 4y

    Brilliant work. He's struttin' around like he owns the place. And apparently, he does!
    David Illig
  • Ian Wallace 4y

    Terrific series, especially the low point of view of the first shot. They are a very impressive animal.
  • Katarina Christenson 4y

    Great series Jean. It looks very scary.
  • Jean and Fred 4y

    David Illig She definitely owns the place and puts everyone else in their place if they step out of line. :D
    Ian Wallace We love finding them.
    Katarina Christenson Ones not to be treated carelessly.
  • Tony 4y

    Haha, love that Fred had to keep watch :-)
    Another great series - those first two shots are brilliant!!
  • Jean and Fred 4y

    Tony Thanks Tony!
  • Jennifer Richmond 4y

    Now those ants have some serious attitude!
  • Jean and Fred 4y

    Jennifer Richmond They do have attitude and they always win!
  • gracefulfig 4y

    So elegantly militaristic - thanks for risking pain for us, Jean!
  • Jean and Fred 4y

    gracefulfig Haha! A pleasure! :-)
  • EncyclopediaOfLife 3y

    Patrick Leary commented on your image on the Encyclopedia of Life site:
    This was incorrectly associated with the plant genus, not the ant genus
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Taken on June 8, 2011
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