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Sinj, Croatia, S Europe - 15th September 2017

mediterranean south europe nuptial flight

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#1 Offline skocko76 - Posted September 17 2017 - 11:35 PM


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So, my colleague noticed formicariums on my office desk :) He brought me some alates from his town, caught Friday.

He found them on a wall, preparing for the flight. They are a little over 10mm, dark brown, with dark honey stripes on gaster. A tiny pointy tip on the gaster.


Which species is it?


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#2 Offline Phoenix - Posted September 18 2017 - 12:16 AM


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Lasius Sp.


Camponotus cf. albosparsus — Journal

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#3 Offline GeorgeK - Posted September 18 2017 - 2:25 AM


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Since you`re from Croatia, i`d say its lasius niger, queens look identical to my lasius niger queens

EDIT: If they were preparing for flight, and if they havent shed their wings, they might be infertile :(

Edited by GeorgeK, September 18 2017 - 2:26 AM.

#4 Offline skocko76 - Posted September 18 2017 - 2:33 AM


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Yeah, I though so too, but I was put off by the difference in size between them and my L. niger queen. It is not due to perspective, although, yes, the smaller queen is a bit farther from the camera (being inside the acrylic nest, and the bigger one being on the glass).

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Soo... still L. niger?
And, yeah, they're infertile. My collegue, who got them for me, is not into ants, so he did not know.

Edited by skocko76, September 18 2017 - 2:36 AM.

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