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Split, Croatia, S. Europe - 8.OCT 2018. flight

queen id south europe nuptial flight

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#1 Offline skocko76 - Posted October 30 2018 - 1:00 PM


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Caught this queen after a big Messor flight took place. She was a solitary dealate, right next to sea shore.

I tried to identify it and got to Aphaenogaster subterranea?


1. Location of collection: Split, Croatia, Adriatic coast, on the steps of a caffe right on a sea coast

2. Date of collection: 8th October 2018, around 11am
3. Habitat of collection: Cliffy coast with agave, pines and shrubs
4. Length :  6mm
5. Coloration, hue, pattern and texture: honey-brown, hirsute yet shiny
6. Distinguishing characteristics : Prominent thorns on thorax. Hairy yet shiny.
7. Anything else distinctive:  Layed an egg before hibernation.
8. Nest description : n/a. 
9 . Post the clearest pictures possible: 

IMG 8304
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IMG 8301
IMG 8300
IMG 8296
IMG 8295
IMG 8294


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#2 Offline WeatherAnt - Posted January 11 2019 - 10:37 PM


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#3 Offline Martialis - Posted February 16 2019 - 3:43 PM


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I'm thinking Myrmica is pretty likely on this one. 


I forgot about the existence of Aphaenogaster.   I agree with A. subterranea

Edited by Martialis, February 16 2019 - 3:51 PM.

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