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Mai Putitja and Irmangka-Irmangka

Bush Tucker and Bush Medicine

around Coober Pedy

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Parka-Parka and Nyinkini

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Urpa and Anumara

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Tjala

 

Tjala

Camponotus inflatus; Melophorus bagoti      Honey Ant

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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.

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Digging for Tjala

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.

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Freshly dug Tjala

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Parka-Parka and Nyinkini

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Urpa and Anumara

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