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Oecophylla smaragdina (Fabricius, 1775)
Formica virescens Fabricius, 1775; Formica viridis Kirby, 1818; Formica smaragdina Fabricius, 1775

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The brood of this species is eaten as a delicacy by the people of northern Luzon.

Scientific source:

Abu-os in Ilokano dialect

Tigasaw in Tagalog dialect

Geographic distribution
Widespread throughout the Philippines.

Natural history
This large, aggressive formicine ant builds arboreal nests. They use their larvae as living spindles to weave silk to connect the leaves. They form very large colonies, often covering several adjacent trees.

How to encounter
Look for large, yellowish to greenish guard ants on the trunks of trees. Overhead, you'll find the leaf nests in the foliage.

Holldobler, B. and E.O. Wilson 1990. The Ants. Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. 732 pp.

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