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
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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.
Edited by Penguin, October 10 2017 - 12:41 PM.
Formica Sp. :3
I'm new to ant keeping so all of my colonies are still in test tubes.
Edited by Runner12, October 10 2017 - 1:57 PM.
She's definitely Myrmica, possibly rubra. Feed her a termite or small cricket occasionally.
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
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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