Monday’s Macro: Black Cocktail Ants

Crematogaster ants
Crematogaster – Cocktail ants. One of the largest ant genera on the planet, with 500+ recorded species and about 300 subspecies.  A nest in the making, this species of Crematogaster peringueyi construct ‘carton’ nests of chewed vegetable matter. Their activities also include ‘farming’ of plant pests such as aphids and mealybugs.

6 thoughts on “Monday’s Macro: Black Cocktail Ants

    1. Doesn’t that name conjure up imaginative scenes – a raft of boozy ants over gin and tonics…. But it’s all to do with the defensive action of “cocking” their tails when alarmed. I have yet to photograph such a moment of action – will give it a try one of these days!

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