When I stayed in Cooktown I walked in the wood around my daughter 's house . On one of my walks I saw these nests made by green ants . These nests are so beautiful and they are well protected by their inhabitants, the green ants. The nests are made by sticking the leaves at the end of branches together. The ants live in fruit trees, so if somebody wants to pick fruit, he should be aware of the ants. Their bites are not very painful, but if many of them attack you, it is not a pleasant experience.The abdomen is filled with a sour tasting fluid, and is often used by Aborigines as a medicine against the flu or a cold. I didn't try but my daughter's first husband , who is Aboriginal, showed it to us.
At night the weaving of the nests is done by the major workers towards the exterior, while the minor workers conduct the weaving within the interior. A mature colony can hold as many
as 100,000 to 500,000 workers and may span as many as 12 trees and
contain as many as 150 nests. Green ant colonies have one queen and a
colony can live for up to eight years.
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