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Fire ant. Watercolour 405 by the Port Jackson Painter, entitled Mong,

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Fire ant. Watercolour 405 by the Port Jackson Painter, entitled Mong,

Watercolour 405 by the Port Jackson Painter, entitled Mong, from the Watling Collection

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18th Century Antenna Arthropod Arthropoda Australasia Bite Formicidae Hexapod Hexapoda Hymenoptera Insecta Port Jackson Painter Invertebrata Myrmicinae


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is a captivating watercolor illustration of a solitary fire ant, created by the esteemed Port Jackson Painter in the late 18th century. This exquisite artwork, part of the esteemed Watling Collection, showcases the intricate details and vibrant colors of this fascinating invertebrate. The fire ant, a member of the Formicidae family and the subfamily Myrmicinae, is native to Australia and is identified by its distinctive fiery-red coloration. This hexapod arthropod, belonging to the class Insecta and the order Hymenoptera, is known for its powerful mandibles and sting, which can inflict a painful bite. The Port Jackson Painter masterfully captures the anatomy of this insect, highlighting its six legs and antennae, each segment meticulously rendered in watercolor. The ant's formidable mandibles are open wide, giving a sense of its defensive capabilities. The artist's use of color and shading adds depth and dimension to the illustration, making the ant appear lifelike and almost menacing. Despite its intimidating appearance, the fire ant plays an essential role in the ecosystem of Australasia. They are social insects that live in colonies and are known to farm fungi for food. The sting of a fire ant is used as a defense mechanism, releasing a venom that causes a burning sensation, hence the name 'fire ant.' This beautiful watercolor illustration is a testament to the Port Jackson Painter's skill and attention to detail. It provides a glimpse into the natural history of Australia and the intricacies of the fire ant's anatomy, making it a valuable addition to any collection of natural history art or insect enthusiast.

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