What Ant? (Peter, Australia)




Hi,
I was wondering if you could identify this "ant" for me?

orange_black_ants.jpg

Thanks

Peter
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Hi Peter,

This is not an ant but a member of a hemipteran group. Ants have chewing mouthparts (mandibles), and if you look closely, these have sucking mouthparts (proboscis), shown in the close-up below.

orange_black_ants1.jpg

My best guess is that it is a juvenile wheel bug .

Thanks for your question,
Gracen Brilmyer & the AntAsk Team

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