Weaver Ants, Oecophylla spp.

Weaver Ants, Oecophylla spp. Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Weaver Ants
  • Order Name: Hymenoptera
  • Family Name: Formicidae

This Order of insects include sawflies, horntails, wood wasps, ensign wasps, Ichneumonids, fairyflies, fig wasps, chalcids, gall wasps, cuckoo wasps, yellow-faced bees, sweat bees, leafcutter bees, carpenter bees, honey bees, bumble bees, orchid bees, velvet ants, spider wasps, paper wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, mud-dauber wasps and ants.

This image illustrates how important it is to have the right chemical scent. Members of an individual colony possess the same “nest odor.” Even members of the same species found stumbling into a neighboring colony will not possess the correct genetic and environmentally determined odor and will generally be attacked as an intruder. These Weaver Ants exhibit refined societal coordination and create advanced camouflaged structure. They build nests by pulling together leaves and gluing them together with silk excreted from accommodating larval ants.