Along with Chloe and Fiorella, I drove over 1600 kilometeres west from Canberra to a town called Poochera in South Australia. This place is THE mecca for ant people. It is here that Bob Taylor discovered a colony of the oldest living ant, Nothomyrmecia macrops in the late 1970s. Since then several ant researchers from across the world have visited Poochera to watch this elusive cold-loving nocturnal ant.
Our first night here was a new moon day and we had no luck with the ants. But over the last couple of nights and very early mornings we have now had a great opportunity to watch several foraging individuals. These ants, unlike Myrmecia, are very timid and often play dead when disturbed. We just located some nests of these ants, which promises to be an exciting few days ahead!
Images and videos to follow upon return!