Saturday, 30 August 2008
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Insects - Ants
Australia has roughly 4,000 species of ants.
Green Ants (Oecophylla sp)are extremely common in Far North Queensland and build large nests in trees by sticking the leaves at the end of branches together to create a sort of globular home. They clamber all over the tree containing their nest and serve to protect it from invaders. These ants are often found in fruit trees.
When the unsuspecting person tries to help themselves to some tasty fruit to eat, the aggressive green ants drop down on them and start biting. Their bite is not very painful but several ants attacking simultaneously can be rather uncomfortable.
WILLY GORDON of the Guugu Yimithirr tribe is the guide of the Guurgi tour. He tells that green ants are used as medicine to combat coughs and colds, either eaten alive or crushed and inhaled like a vapour rub to open up the sinuses. Mothers with infants rub green ants on their breasts to make the milk flow.
For watching more critters visit Misty Dawn's place. Thank you Misty!