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Fake trees are awesome. We have two, both pre-lit, so I don't have to fuss with wires every year. We buy pine boughs and shove them into the tree so the house smells like pine, but we aren't sacrificing two live trees each year. (Huge house requires two trees apparently.) We've had them for six years. That's twelve trees we haven't killed.

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I once had a nest of praying mantises hatch out of my Christmas tree. They were less than an inch tall, and adorable. There were dozens of them.

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Okay guys, so I ACTUALLY researched this: OP, being from Australia, could be talking about one of two species of ants that both have the nickname "Green Ant" - "Green Ants" is a nickname often given to Weaver Ants (in this case, the Australian Weaver Ant). These ants are actually brown, so I really don't know why they were given the nickname they have, but whatever. They do bite, and, restating the obvious, can take residence in Australia. OP could ALSO, however, be talkin

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I live in Australia, too, and I was told that Green Ants were just a species of radioactive cross-bred oxen and possum At least, that's what Steve Irwin taught me..

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#64 is probably right about the species and having been bitten by the blighters numerous times before, I can say that even one bite hurts like hell and I can relate to the OP's fear of going near the tree. I'd suggest arming oneself with cans of Mortein and going in 'guns ablazin'

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Wow! I have been bitten by those nasty things so many times & now I know their history! Haha thanks :)

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Next time you see one, bite it back. Their bums taste sweet and sour. Don't believe me? Give it a go.

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The weaver ants you speak of have large bright green bums, so yes, they are pretty much green. That's what "green ants" mean in northern Australia. They are edible & nutritious (lol). Their bites are annoying but fortunately the pain doesn't last very long. They do have a nasty habit of invading the house though, especially in the monsoon season.

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Green ants are a species of radioactive, cross-bred oxen and possum. Very common in the wild of Australia

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