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#1 Offline benjansss - Posted May 3 2021 - 9:17 PM

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hi, I'm interested in what some ants in my garden are, they are actually the first ants I've seen in Wellington since i moved here 10 years ago, I noticed there seems to be two foraging castes a smaller one active during the day and a larger one at night (I'm sure their the same species as some spent a whole day and night together in a small container without attacking each other). I tried posting photos on inaturalist but it hasn't really gone anywhere so I came here, here's the link to the photos https://www.inatural...ons/70863286,ifphotos of different parts would be useful just ask (I preserved a few in hand sanitiser).



#2 Offline benjansss - Posted May 3 2021 - 9:19 PM

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sorry here's the link with a if attached to the end, https://www.inatural...ations/70863286



#3 Offline ZTYguy - Posted May 3 2021 - 9:54 PM

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My guess is Tetramorium bicarinatum but don’t take my word for it.


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#4 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted May 4 2021 - 3:27 AM

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My guess is Tetramorium bicarinatum but don’t take my word for it.

Do they live in New Zealand?

 

My guess is Chelaner sp. It looks just like it and looks far to smooth and shiny to be T. bicarinatum.


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#5 Offline NickAnter - Posted May 4 2021 - 6:08 AM

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I'm going to say its probably Chelaner antarcticus, which, along with fitting the image perfectly, from searching on Inaturalist, seems to be quite common there.


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#6 Offline ponerinecat - Posted May 4 2021 - 1:16 PM

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I'm going to say its probably Chelaner antarcticus, which, along with fitting the image perfectly, from searching on Inaturalist, seems to be quite common there.

Correct.


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#7 Offline benjansss - Posted May 5 2021 - 10:51 PM

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thanks for the help






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