posted on Mar, 27 2019 @ 07:25 AM
a reply to: dfnj2015
Your post freaked me out. It was just today while mowing at work I was attacked by these buggers.
Thanks to Wiki:-
Jack jumper ant
Myrmecia pilosula, commonly known as the jack jumper, jumping jack, hopper ant, or jumper ant, is a species of venomous ant native to Australia. Most
frequently found in Tasmania and southeast mainland Australia, it is a member of the genus Myrmecia, subfamily Myrmeciinae, and was formally described
and named by British entomologist Frederick Smith in 1858. This species is known for the ability to jump long distances. These ants are large; workers
and males are approximately the same size: 12 to 14 millimetres for workers, and 11 to 12 millimetres for males. The queen measures approximately 14
to 16 millimetres in length and is similar in appearance to workers, whereas males are identifiable by their perceptibly smaller mandibles.
Their bite is akin to Fire Ants but the bludgers jump. I could not understand after reading your post why anyone would try to keep ants like these.
It isn't the first time these ants have jumped me in the bush. Not much I could do. Bit right through my socks and trousers. Then my fingers as I
attempted to brush them off. After calming down. I picked the blighters off.
I carry a fuel can with the mower. This nasty colony and surrounds copped it. Not revenge but I was mowing around a play area for kids and in an
overgrown patch of grass I chopped the top of a mound spraying dust and ants. Not noticing at first I began to feel the stings and burning. Hopping
around, much to the amusement of my coworkers.
Each to their own but I couldn't see myself growing a colony of these nasties.
Funny to see the video after today's experience. Hope I don't dream tonight.