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Weaver Ants (23) More files... by Mark W. Moffett
Australia, Asia and Africa host a highly organized species of ant called Weavers which have complex and fascinating social networks. Colonies numbering the millions of individuals inhabit tree tops in leaf nests woven with silk and connected to sister nests through coursing ant freeways and communication systems. Moffett risks the angry bites of soldier ants to bring us images of workers weaving nests with the silk of larvae, hunting groups carrying venomous scorpion prey back to the nest and ants added as tasty flavoring to local cuisine.

Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) holding silk-producing larva in its jaws and weaving the larva's silk to bind leaves for the colony's treetop nest, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479837 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) holding silk-producing larva in its jaws and weaving the larva's silk to bind leaves for the colony's treetop nest, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) holding silk-producing larva in its jaws and weaving the larva's silk to bind leaves for the colony's treetop nest, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479836 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) holding silk-producing larva in its jaws and weaving the larva's silk to bind leaves for the colony's treetop nest, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group building nest by pulling on leaves and forming chains, Africa  -  Mark Moffett
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00129248 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group building nest by pulling on leaves and forming chains, Africa© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) nest woven from leaves near temple, Cambodia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479824 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) nest woven from leaves near temple, Cambodia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group with rock art in the background, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479842 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group with rock art in the background, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) tending to scale insects, Kirirom National Park, Cambodia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479827 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) tending to scale insects, Kirirom National Park, Cambodia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group tending aphids on fruit, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479832 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group tending aphids on fruit, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group attacking scorpion, Cambodia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479828 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group attacking scorpion, Cambodia© Mark Moffett
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla sp) pair defending against Driver Ant (Dorylus nigricans) attack, Africa  -  Mark Moffett
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00478117 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla sp) pair defending against Driver Ant (Dorylus nigricans) attack, Africa© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) trio from two different colonies fighting over territory, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479834 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) trio from two different colonies fighting over territory, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) pair from two different colonies fighting over territory, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479833 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) pair from two different colonies fighting over territory, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) in defensive posture, Darwin, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479844 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) in defensive posture, Darwin, Australia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) pair in defensive posture, Darwin, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479843 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) pair in defensive posture, Darwin, Australia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) in defensive posture as parasitic wasps attempt to lay eggs on colony members, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479835 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) in defensive posture as parasitic wasps attempt to lay eggs on colony members, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Ant-mimicking Jumping Spider (Myrmarachne sp) on left, mimicking Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) to avoid predators, Cambodia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479829 Ant-mimicking Jumping Spider (Myrmarachne sp) on left, mimicking Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) to avoid predators, Cambodia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group linking up in a chain to create a bridge to another tree branch, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479830 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group linking up in a chain to create a bridge to another tree branch, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) colony envelops the queen to protect her from harm, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479839 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) colony envelops the queen to protect her from harm, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) worker and three queens to form new colony, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479841 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) worker and three queens to form new colony, Australia© Mark Moffett
Comb Footed Spider (Theridiidae) with Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) prey in midair, where other ants cannot come to its defense, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479831 Comb Footed Spider (Theridiidae) with Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) prey in midair, where other ants cannot come to its defense, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Jumping Spider (Cosmophasis bitaeniata) has infiltrated Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) nest to prey on larvae using chemical mimicry, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479838 Jumping Spider (Cosmophasis bitaeniata) has infiltrated Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) nest to prey on larvae using chemical mimicry, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) parts in rice dish for human consumption near Angkor Wat, Cambodia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479825 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) parts in rice dish for human consumption near Angkor Wat, Cambodia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) larvae in omelette near Angkor Wat, Cambodia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479826 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) larvae in omelette near Angkor Wat, Cambodia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) crushed by Aboriginal to breathe fumes which aid in clearing up nasal congestion, Northern Territory, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479840 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) crushed by Aboriginal to breathe fumes which aid in clearing up nasal congestion, Northern Territory, Australia© Mark Moffett
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