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Meat Ants

Meat Ants, or more appealingly known as Rainbow Ants, are admirable for their hard work and benefit to a garden. They will scavenge and clean up the garden, as well as prey on pests and other insects.

Other invertebrates Bushland Heathland

Noongar Names: Kirlar (Ants)

Scientific Name: Iridomyrmex spp.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Threats: Not applicable

Will they visit?: They are a common around home gardens

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Damplands, under logs, and in thick leaf litter.

Diet: Fruits, nectar, and pollen

Water: Not required

ReWild Benefit: Pest control, pollination

ReWild Benefits

Native ants are miniature ecosystem engineers. They pollinate, disperse seeds, care for young pollinators, and maintain soil health. If you find this busy ant, you can record your sighting on the Atlas of Living Australia!

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