I saw these bright blue bull ants by the side of the road on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia.

They were very different to other ants that I’ve seen and I have no idea what their name is.

I didnt stick around to ask them, they seemed to be in a grumpy mood…!

Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1

Featured in Backyard Macro & Closeups July 2011


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I love being a tourist in my own country; the unique flora and fauna, the wonderful people, the striking vivid colours. Photography has opened up my country to me. I try to get out into it & photograph it as often as I can. Access to the great Australian outback is within easy reach of everyone! I hope you take the time to view some of my photos & I hope that they inspire you to go for a drive on the weekend and see what you can see.

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  • Barb Leopold
    Barb Leopoldabout 3 years ago

    ouch! I’ve been bitten by bull ants and I sure wouldn’t be sticking around either Paula – good shot!!

  • thanks Barb! I’ve been bitten too, they’re nasty little guys…!

    – Paula McManus

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 3 years ago

    They are a great find, I found some great red ants the other week!! :O)

  • thanks Vanessa, they are great photographic subjects, but they dont like to pose :)

    – Paula McManus

  • waynepearce
    waynepearceabout 3 years ago

    do you know why there blue because there cold.cheers wayne.

  • LOL! Of course! I should have thought of that! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • sueyo
    sueyoabout 3 years ago

    amazing how they are on guard protecting their kingdom, wonder if they have a changing of the guards too. they are so blue, i recall seeing ants so blue like these before :))

  • me neither……!

    ants are so cool, I’d love to get a macro lens and get up close and personal with them :)

    – Paula McManus

  • sueyo
    sueyoabout 3 years ago

    oops typo forgot the “can’t” :(

  • :)

    – Paula McManus

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 3 years ago


  • thankyou very much! :)

    – Paula McManus

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    NatureGreeting...about 3 years ago

    Stunning beautiful capture!! Congrats Paula!!

  • thankyou very much! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Lancsphoto
    Lancsphotoabout 3 years ago

    Lovely work. Many congrats on your feature.

  • thanks Larry! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 3 years ago

    Great close up! Congrats on your feature!

  • thankyou Angie! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your lovely feature, wonderful work

  • thanks Andrea! :)

    – Paula McManus

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