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10 Oct, northern Italy

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#1 Offline n1ck - Posted October 10 2017 - 12:26 PM



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This is actually my first finding, i'm not even 100% sure it's a queen.


Location: northern Italy

Date: 8 Oct

Habitat: forest, near a river

Length: around 7mm


The gaster is dark red, 1 petiole






#2 Offline Penguin - Posted October 10 2017 - 12:41 PM


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I cannot identify ants reliably but those who can may not be able to see enough to narrow it down to species with that far away range, they may ask for new, closer pictures. :)

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#3 Offline Runner12 - Posted October 10 2017 - 1:56 PM


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Looks like Myrmica (based on pics shown,) but couldn't say exact species based on info and pic. Appears to be a queen.

Edited by Runner12, October 10 2017 - 1:57 PM.

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#4 Offline Martialis - Posted October 10 2017 - 3:31 PM


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#5 Offline VoidElecent - Posted October 10 2017 - 5:30 PM



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Are you sure there is only one petiole?

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#6 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted October 11 2017 - 2:47 AM


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She's definitely Myrmica, possibly rubra. Feed her a termite or small cricket occasionally.

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#7 Offline NikolaBale - Posted October 12 2017 - 10:31 AM


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She is definietly one of two things a myrmica sp or a manica rubida now if you could take more pictures in detail i would be sure they are rly similar tho they are a different genus but they are both semi claustral so you have to feed her one in awhile in both cases 

#8 Offline n1ck - Posted October 21 2017 - 9:41 AM



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A quick update on this, it really seams a myrmica queen, i've managed to have a photo with lenses where spikes from the torax are visible.


What i've also noticed is that she seems to have a bump on her gaster, can this be normal? She has not laied any eggs yet.


Here's the photo:


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