Common name: The Red Rattle Ant.
This is an attractive red colored Polyrhachis which is mostly active at night. The workers are about 4 mm in size and the queen slightly larger at 6 mm. Colonies have a single queen and between 50 to 150 workers. New queens start colonies independently usually in a curled up leaf, and will frequently leave the leaf to forage.
This species makes its nests between overlapping leaves which are bound together with plant debris and they will form several small interlinked sub nests over a tree.
When disturbed they will knock their gasters against the plant leaves - creating a rhythmic thumping noise which discourages most predators.
They mainly eat the sweet secretions from tree dwelling insects but will also take dead insects.
They can be kept in an artificial observation nest - but it is best to keep them in a semi natural way and suspend the artificial nest in a large pot plant.