Meat Ant - Irridomyrex sp.
15 - 18mm
Red and Black. One node present
Meat ants nest outdoors only. Their nests are large bare soil nests which are usually covered with small gravel and rocks. They will vigerously defend their nest if they feel they are threatened. Meat ants will bite with their mouthparts but are not capable of stinging.
Meat ant, as the name suggests, prefer to eat mostly meat and protein based foods but are also known to feed on honey dew extraments from sap sucking insects.