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Black-headed Strobe Ant - Opisthopsis rufithorax

Subfamily Formicinae

This page contains pictures and information about Black-headed Strobe Ants that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 6mm
They are commonly called the Strobe Ants because of their rapid and jerking movement.
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Those ants run rapidly with short, jerky motions. They have very large eyes on top edges of their head, with good vision and can see backwards. Their body is bright orange brown in colour with black head and abdomen tip. They usually found hunting individually or in group on floor or on tree trunk.
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They build small nest on ground with one small hole as entrance.
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They are common in Brisbane eucalypt forests. 
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1. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p290.
2. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
3. Ants - genus Opisthopsis - by Nick Monaghan, 

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Fire Ants - We are suffering the Fire Ants problem. 
The Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta, is a serious new pest which has been detected in Brisbane, Queensland. 
They can be the greatest ecological threat to Australia. More information please visit our Government Fire Ants web site.

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Last updated: April 11, 2010.