Ants – Friends of Mount Majura
Feb 232017
 
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…

 

 

 

 

Feb 012016
 
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 hold prey and a sting to defend themselves and their nest (Photo A. Narendra).

Join ant specialist Ajay Narendra to learn amazing things about jack-jumpers and other ants that live on Mount Majura.

Ants are fascinating, beautiful and fun to watch. Some ants have a painful sting, and others only bite. Some ants are coloured, or scented, or hairy. Some pretend to be spiders, a few have excellent eyesight, and one species can jump!

Kids accompanied by adults are especially welcome.

When: Sunday 14th February 2016 4pm – 5:30pm

Where: Helms Place Mt Majura nature park entrance (near junction of Rivett and Richards Streets)

Information: 0408 429 214 or secretary@majura.org

Bring a magnifying lens, wear sun protection and covered shoes. Please bring a gold coin donation.

It is important to notify us if you are allergic to ants or bee stings.

Sep 292015
 
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A tiny white camouflaged moth by Ian Gordon

Join Ian Gordon a macro-photography enthusiast with a sharp eye and keen interest in tiny creatures. Try to decode camouflage and train your eyes to locate small creatures – orb weaving spiders, lady bugs, parasitic wasps, caterpillars, plant hoppers…… What will you spot?

It is wonderful to be aware of the diverse range of creatures, large and small which live in a healthy Yellow Box woodland. Ian’s interest stems from Macro photography. When he finds an unusual bug he goes online to identify and research it.  He says that he is not an ‘expert’ but that he does have a keen interest. Recently he has noticed activity in the insect world and that the bugs are starting to stir. He spotted a lot of small orb weaving spiders, a few lady beetles and small parasitic wasps, and even a couple of caterpillars and a plant hopper.

Any age welcome – it really boils down to interest in looking for and finding miniature and often disguised and camouflaged arthropods.

Magnifying glasses/hand lenses, not necessary but really depends on the individual’s eye sight.

When: Sunday 11 October 10am – 12 noon

Where:  Majura Paddock. Exact meeting point to be given to registered participants.

Numbers limited bookings essential: 6248 8955 or secretary@majura.org
Wear sun protection and covered shoes.

Link to the Bug walk poster

Feb 122015
 
Ant art, head of a bullant seen from above by illustrator Ladina Ribi

Ant art. The head of a bull ant seen from above by illustrator Ladina Ribi

Ants are fascinating, beautiful and fun to watch. Join expert Ajay Narendra on Sunday, 1st March for a glimpse into the fascinating world of one of the most dominant animals on the planet.

Discover Jack Jumpers and other ants of Mt Majura on this nature walk hosted by the Friends of Mt Majura. Learn about the ants’ leading role in the environment as predators and scavengers and hear about their highly social organization, effective communication, and amazing navigation skills that have been the subject of research for generations.

When: Sunday, 1st March 2015, 4.00 to 5.30 pm.
Where: Meet at Helms Place close to Rivett St and Richard St intersection, Hackett; view this map.

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All your ant questions answered by Ajay Narendra.

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.

Bring: Sun protection, sturdy boots and a magnifying glass if you have one; a gold coin donation for our conservation work would be much appreciated.

Kids (with adults) are especially welcome. Please tell us if you are allergic to bee and wasp stings.

The walk will be postponed to the following Sunday if it rains; same time and place

Enquiries: Sunday 1 March 0435 357 172

We will be joined by renowned Swiss scientific illustrator, Ladina Ribi (link to interview), whose wonderful illustrations will be on sale (framed B&W 20$; Colour 30$).

 

Jan 282012
 

How many ants live in this nest?


The Ant walk 4 March is postponed to Sunday, 11 March 2012.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

Due to the rain forecast for Sunday 4 March we postpone the walk to the following weekend:
Sunday, 11 March

3-4.30pm
Meet at Helms Place off Rivett Street, Hackett; click here to view a map

You can also join the ant walk on Mt Ainslie on Sunday 18 March; for details see below.

 

Join ANU myrmecologist Ajay Narendra for a glimpse into the fascinating world of one of the most dominant animals on the planet. Learn amazing things about jack-jumpers and other ants that live on Mount Majura on a Sunday afternoon stroll.

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Apr 272010
 

Walking with Ants

Report by Arminel Ryan (pdf)

With a mere 45 other participants, I joined lively young ANU myrmecologist, Dr. Ajay Narendra, for a glimpse into the fascinating world of ants – one of the most dominant animals on the planet.  Waltraud Pix had organised the adventure, and had had an overwhelming response – more than 200 enquiries!  So, at Mt Majura on Sunday 28 February, we fortunate few assembled at 4.30 p.m. for our educational ramble. Continue reading »

Jan 312010
 

Sorry: The Ant Walk  is booked out.

Join ANU myrmecologist Dr. Ajay Narendra for a glimpse into the fascinating world of one of the most dominant animals on the planet.

When: Sunday 21 March, 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Where:
meet at Mackenzie / Grayson Sts nature park entrance, Hackett (view map)
Bring:
sun protection, sturdy boots and a magnifying glass if you have one.
Children
(with adults) are especially welcome; suitable for kids aged 8 years and older
Limited places!
Booking and enquiries: P 62477515 or E admin@majura.org
A gold coin donation to support Friends of Mt Majura conservation work would be highly welcome.

Ants play a leading role in the environment as predators and scavengers. Their highly social organization, effective communication and amazing navigation skills have been the object of research for generations. Mount Majura has a rich diversity of ants including several species of bull dog ants.

Ajay Narendra is part of the research team studying navigation strategies in Jack Jumpers (Myrmecia croslandi) in Hackett. Find out about Jack Jumpers and other ants on Ajay’s website at  http://web.mac.com/ajaynarendra

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Jack Jumper (photo: Ajay Narendra)

Jan 312008
 

Discover the ants living on Mount Majura on this expert guided walk.
When: Sunday 24 February 2008, 4.30 to 6.30 pm
Where: meet at Helms Place park entrance off Rivett Street, Hackett
Bring: sun protection, sturdy boots and a magnifying glass if you have one.
Kids (with adults) are especially welcome.
Places are limited, booking essential.

Booking and enquiries: ph 6247 7515 or e-mail admin@majura.org

The Jack Jumper Myrmecia pilosula is one of the four species of bull dog ant found on Mt Majura (photograph: Ajay Narendra)

Jack Jumper