Fire ants in Australia: a new medical and ecological hazard

Keith I McCubbin and John M Weiner
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04547.x
Published online: 3 June 2002

"of insects . . . only the ants were troublesome . . . one green as a leaf and living upon trees where he built his nest . . . by bending the leaves together and glueing them . . . their stings were by some esteemd not much less painfull than those of a bee . . ."

  • Keith I McCubbin1
  • John M Weiner2

  • 1 Fire Ant Control Centre, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Department of Respiratory Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital, Fitzroy, VIC.


Competing interests:

None declared.


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