FAUNA and FUNGHI of MALTA
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Crematogaster scutellaris  (Olivier, 1792)
Main synonym = Acrocoelia ruficeps   
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Hymenoptera / Formicidae
Cocktail ant     Nemlu rasu ħamra
Further Information:
The cocktail ant cocks his abdomen when threatened. This is believed to scare predators away but apart from that. The cocktail ant secretes hormones to send a signal to other worker ants to rush on sight to aid the insect in defending the nest.


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