Sunday, March 7, 2010

weaver ant - kerengga

(since i don't have a good camera to get a close-up capture of the weaver ants, i took this pic from google image)

the nest

Weaver ants
or Green ants (genus Oecophylla) are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae (order Hymenoptera). Weaver ants are obligately arboreal and are known for their unique nest building behaviour where workers construct nests by weaving together leaves using larval silk. (wikipedia)

Because of their aggressive behaviour, weaver ants are sometime used by indigenous farmers, particularly in southeast Asia, as natural biocontrol agents against agricultural pests. Although Oecophylla weaver ants lack a functional sting they can inflict painful bites and often spray formic acid directly at the bite wound resulting in intense discomfort.

In our language we call the weaver ants as KERENGGA.

*location: smk seri lipis

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