Giant forest ant, Dinomyrmex gigas [var. borneensis] (Latreille, 1802) Subspecies: Dinomyrmex gigas borneensis Emery, 1887

Dinomyrmex gigas is one of the largest ant species in the world and is widespread in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. It is found almost everywhere in the primary and secondary forests of Borneo, from the lowlands to the highlands at around 1000m ASL. In the photos here, the ants and their brood are moving from one nest to the next because the first one has been destroyed by a landslide.

Former Camponotus gigas (Latreille, 1802) is reclassified as Dinomyrmex gigas; dino – a combining form meaning “terrifying, frightful” and  the Greek myrmex, meaning “ant”.