New Leptomyrmex Spider-Ant Photos

Leptomyrmex erythrocephalus (Harrietville, Victoria, Australia)

What is my favorite ant?

Turtle ants, of course.

Wait! No. Army ants! I think. Or, maybe leafcutters. This is a hard question.

Regardless of my paralyzing myrmecological indecision, one ant that always lurks near the top of my favorites list is Leptomyrmex, the charmingly slender spider ant of Australia and New Guinea. I was fortunate to cross paths with several species (L. unicolor, L. ruficeps, and L. erythrocephalus) during my recent visit to Australia. Check out the photos here:

Spider Ant Photo Gallery

Leptomyrmex, among ants, is extraordinarily difficult to photograph. They are fast, they are shy, and their long appendages make the choice of focal point even more important than usual. I spent a great deal of time getting just 9 workable new photos. I hope you enjoy them.

7 thoughts on “New Leptomyrmex Spider-Ant Photos”

  1. I thought spider ants were a tropical ants. But to fine them at Harrietville is interesting Harriertville gets snow in the winter months & how they survive during the winter months interesting.

  2. I was walking back from Blue Lake on North Stradbroke Island off Brisbane, Australia, and saw a group of, I’m guessing, L. rufipes walking in tight tight formation along the trail. There must have been ten or twenty of them. I would have followed them to see what they were up to, but my wife had already indulged my algae collection earlier that day so…

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