Jack Jumper Ant

Myrmecia pilosula Smith, 1858

Danger Venomous Species Their sting is painful and can cause severe allergic reactions. Read more HERE

The ant has black body with yellow jaws and yellow tips of legs and can move in a series of rapid jumps. Their nest in the ground usually has a mound of soil around the entrance. They feed on sweet secretions from plants and sap-sucking insects

They do not bite, but rather grasp the victim in their jaws, then bend around and sting them (their sting is in the tail)

Allergic reactions may occur to stings

The stings, like those of bees and wasps, are very painful. Local swelling is very common. Large local swellings can also occur, lasting a few days at a time. The most serious reactions are known as generalised allergic reactions, of which the most severe is anaphylaxis.

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What habitats does Myrmecia pilosula live in?

Open habitats, nesting in bushland, woodlands, and dry open forests, surrounded by gravel and sandy soil.
Locally a very common ant species

What is the distribution of Myrmecia pilosula?

South-eastern and south-western mainland Australia and Tasmania

How big does Myrmecia pilosula grow?

Worker body up to 1 cm long

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