Bush Tucker and Bush Medicine
around Coober Pedy
Camponotus inflatus; Melophorus bagoti Honey Ant
Tjala - Honey Ant
Tjala, Honey Ants, nest in the ground beneath Mulga trees. They collect the honeydew made by the Kurkunytjungu (Red Mulga Lerp) (Austrotachardia acaciae) and store it in their nest in special worker ants. Deep in the nest, these ants with swollen abdomens store the honey for the rest of the ant colony.
Once a nest is located, the ants can be dug up and removed. Only the amber coloured abdomen of the ant is eaten, while holding the head and legs between the fingers.