Ant Walk – Friends of Mount Majura
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Jack Jumpers use their impressive jaws to catch and hold prey and a sting to defend themselves and their nest (Photo A. Narendra).

Jack Jumpers use their impressive jaws to catch and carry prey and a sting to defend themselves and their nest (Photo A. Narendra).

Ants are fascinating, beautiful and fun to watch. Join expert Ravindra “Ravi” Palavalli-Nettimi on Sunday, 5th March on this nature walk to discover the ants that live of Mt Majura. Some ants are coloured, or scented, or hairy; some have a painful sting and others bite; some pretend to be spiders, some have excellent eyesight, and one species can jump!

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Ants are fascinating, beautiful and fun to watch (Photo W. Pix)

When: Sunday, 5th March 2017, 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm.
Where: Meet at Helms Place close to Rivett St and Richard St intersection, Hackett; car parking available at the Hackett shops (5-minutes walk to Helms place); view this map.
Bring: Sun protection, sturdy boots and a magnifying glass if you have one.
Ant field guides are available for a gold coin donation.
Kids accompanied by adults are especially welcome. Please tell us if you are allergic to bee and wasp stings.
Enquiries: secretary@majura.org or Mob 0435 357 172 on Sunday 5th March

Photo N. Abdul

Ravindra Palavalli-Nettimi is a PhD student in Ecological Neuroscience group at the Macquarie University, Sydney and is interested in anything related to ecology, evolution, brain, behavior, visual media and insects. For his PhD, he is studies the behavioral implications of miniaturization in ants. How does being tiny affect the ants’ ability to find their way around?

Ravi is passionate about science communication and outreach, and has been awarded last year’s Outstanding Outreach Award by the Ecological Society of Australia  /NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Here is the link to his website: http://rvndrpn.wixsite.com/ravindra

Enjoy this video clip of the ant walk in 2016 – great fun to watch and yes, the ant world is female, almost…

 

 

 

 

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