dolichoderus is a broad genus of ants found around the world - the species in this video is a common ant in the bloodwood and ironbark forests around Sydney...

a beautiful ant with metallic gold gaster, red legs and dimpled black body with four pronounced dorsal thorns, they are a highly active 'bivouac' species that move their pupae, en masse, between different locations - I once found a few thousand of them camping in the drawers of my japanese tonsu - fortunately, they don't sting or bite...

on tender outer branchlets of the yellow bloodwood trees (corymbia eximia), they enthusiastically herd and tend leaf-hoppers for trophallaxis ...

filmed towards the end of summer, as the various cicada species stridulate their waves of sound through the bright hot morning air and distant kookaburras chortle in the eucalypt canopy...

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