Common name: Bulldog Ant
Scientific name: Myrmecia spp.
One of the largest ants found in Australia
Red / black color
Very long, straight mandibles
Key features and biology
All variations of the Bulldog family are similar in their physical appearance and are quite easy to recognise due to their very unique head and mandible structure.
These ants differ greatly in size and colour between species. (From 18 to 20 mm in length) They’re also known to frequent major habitats ranging from rainforests to deserts and even from coastal to alpine regions. This includes gardens and parks but they are absent from the north-western areas of Australia.
They are an aggressive ant species and have very potent, painful hypodermic stings. Many people also react quite violently to the injected venom, in extreme cases with anaphylaxis, or death (these are reported more frequently than shark attacks!)
If you experience a bad reaction to a sting then you should seek out medical advice or attention.
Proteins (primarily gained from other insects)
Approx. 18-20 mm
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