Talk:Weaver ant

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What makes it the most elaborate communicative organization? What about bees and and hornets that have rich social structures? I've saw a show on certain hornets that showed quite remarkable 'intelligence'.

See Image:Fourmi carnivore.jpg. Yann 17:38, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Merge with green ants[edit]

Not agreeable. Yosri 06:05, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

Could you please state a reason for not supporting the merging of two articles that deal with the genus Oecophylla ?Shyamal 04:13, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
Content of Green ant merged and redirected to this. Shyamal 07:08, 11 May 2007 (UTC)

Well this is confusing[edit]

Which species is red and which species is green? Or is the colour based on geographical region? Google seems to be throwing out conflicting and confusing answers. Also, is the colour of the queen green for both species or green for one and red for the other? It would probably help if someone could resolve this. BeefRendang (talk) 15:44, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

for pest control[edit]

the last sentence makes a statement about the ants being used as pest control. This statement belongs in a different subcategory. I've also been studying up on the subject and I'll expand on it.--FUNKAMATIC (talk) 02:09, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

How Many Queen(S)?[edit]

A colony has one, and only one queen. I collected these ants back then, and came to a conclusion that regardless the size of the colony, there is only one queen. In fact, worker's are aggressive towards queen ants from other colonies of the same species(Proven),which is quite unlike most ants. Queen from older colonies tend to be extremely prolific, especially those with largely swollen abdomens. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:46, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

Have you read the ref next to the 'one or more queens' statement ? Specifically
Contrary to previous reports, these data suggest that pleometrosis in O. smaragdina during the initial period of colony establishment can lead to polygyny in mature colonies.
I think your conclusion is probably wrong. Pleometrosis in O. smaragdina is probably quite common. I've seen it several times and there is a very nice photo on the web somewhere that I'll try to track down. Pleometrosis leading to polygyny in mature colonies clearly can and does happen sometimes under certain circumstances. Sean.hoyland - talk 03:37, 21 July 2008 (UTC)
Here you go [1] Sean.hoyland - talk 03:52, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

Green Ant is a common name for another variety too[edit]

I don't want to tread on anyone's toes, but there is a very common variety of ant also known as the "Green Ant" in Australia- Rhytidoponera metallica. It is known for its iridescent, green colouring and its extremely painful bite. Would "Green Ant" still be an accurate redirect if an article for Rhytidoponera were created? (talk) 06:12, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

I think it would still be okay. I'm not sure that 'green ant' is really a name commonly assigned to Rhytidoponera metallica. Have you got a reference that supports that ? If someone creates a Rhytidoponera metallica page I think a 'Green-head Ant' redirect page (and associated spelling permutations) would be more appropriate. Sean.hoyland - talk 01:30, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

Colony Ontogeny and Social Behavior Section[edit]

Much of the middle of this article seems poorly written and seems to refer to general ant characteristics like the use of pheromones and how they recognize each other. This is or should be already covered in the Ant article, and any reference about this should redirect to this major article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:58, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

Yes, I tend to agree. The article should focus on attributes specific to weaver ants (e.g. atrophied metapleural glands, how annoying they are, etc) and leave the generalities to the main articles. The article needs a general clean up. I'll try to de-fluff it. Sean.hoyland - talk 07:31, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

Things not about weaver ants[edit]

I'm removed the following section from the article and put it here just in case someone wants to redeploy it somewhere else in Wikipedia. It's not specific to Oecophylla so it doesn't belong in this article. Sean.hoyland - talk 07:43, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

From ant intelligence to artificial intelligence
Weaver ants, like other ants, live in large colonies consisting of thousands of individuals. Each individual has limited cognitive capacity and reacts to its environment using simple behavioural rules, yet at the colony level, the individual decisions and actions self-organize into collective order and behaviour. Hundreds of ants can quickly find the shortest route from the nest to food, cooperatively carry large prey items, quickly respond to and attack intruders, and form intricate bridges to pull together large leaves during nest construction. The self-organizing properties and emergent behaviour of ants have inspired new approaches in scientific fields such as robotics, engineering, and computer science. Ant-based algorithms have been used to create robots that demonstrate behavioural integration and collective problem solving,[1] develop multi-agent simulation environments to solve complex mathematical problems such as the traveling salesman problem, [2] and to model and engineer solutions to complex systems such as internet protocol and telecommunication networks.[3]


  1. ^ Ijspeert, A.J., Martinoli, A., Billard, A. & Gambardella, L.M. 2001. Collaboration through the exploitation of local interactions in autonomous collective robotics: the stick pulling experiment. Autonomous Robots 11:149-171.
  2. ^ Huang, L., Zhou, C.G. & Wang K.P. 2003. Hybrid ant colony algorithm for traveling salesman problem. Progress in Natural Science 13:295-299.
  3. ^ Nahas, N., Nourelfath, M. & Ait-Kadi, D. 2007. Coupling ant colony and the degraded ceiling algorithm for the redundancy allocation problem of series-parallel systems. Reliability Engineering & System Safety 92:211-222.

New photograph?[edit]

I feel this photograph of weaver ants hunting a tortoise beetle could add value to the page, but I'm not sure where it could be added in the photo-heavy page. Help? Yathin S Krishnappa (talk) 17:45, 5 November 2012 (UTC)

File:Red Weaver Ant, Oecophylla longinoda.jpg to appear as POTD soon[edit]

Hello! This is a note to let the editors of this article know that File:Red Weaver Ant, Oecophylla longinoda.jpg will be appearing as picture of the day on November 19, 2016. You can view and edit the POTD blurb at Template:POTD/2016-11-19. If this article needs any attention or maintenance, it would be preferable if that could be done before its appearance on the Main Page. — Chris Woodrich (talk) 03:27, 5 November 2016 (UTC)

Weaver ant
Oecophylla longinoda, a species of weaver ant found in the forested regions of tropical Africa. Weaver ants are arboreal and known for their unique nest building behaviour, in which workers construct nests by weaving together leaves using larval silk. These highly territorial ants live in colonies that can consist of more than a hundred nests spanning numerous trees and contain more than half a million workers. Like many other ant species, weaver ants prey on small insects and supplement their diet with carbohydrate-rich honeydew excreted by small insects.Photograph: Muhammad Mahdi Karim