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Ant ID Greece, Corfu Recent Mating Flight

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#1 Offline SamuelCB - Posted October 11 2021 - 1:59 PM

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Hello everyone. Really hoping for some help identifying the exact species these queens are so I know how to take the best care of them and hopefully start a thriving colony. I caught her during a nuptial flight about a week ago (30th September 2021) in Greece. More specifically it was in Greece, Corfu near Kassiopi. I’m not entirely sure on a measurement but they are larger than a Lasius Niger and I can get a more accurate measurement if required. They appeared to be living in the ground (quite dry and hard soil/sand) rather than in logs or wood. Thanks in advanced!

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#2 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted October 11 2021 - 2:14 PM

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it looks like Tetramorium immigrans I'm probably wrong


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#3 Offline DaAnt - Posted October 11 2021 - 2:18 PM

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It looks like Formica but I’m probably wrong.


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#4 Offline Manitobant - Posted October 11 2021 - 2:37 PM

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Its a messor species of some kind. I don’t know how y’all got this one wrong, its very obvious.
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#5 Offline PetsNotPests - Posted October 11 2021 - 2:55 PM

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Possibly Messor carpathous? She's very shiny...


Ants are Pets, not Pests. 

 

-Camponotus sansabeanus

-Camponotus US-CA02

-Camponotus vicinus

-Formica podzolica

-Monomorium spp.

-Pogonomyrmex californicus

-Solenopsis spp. 

 


#6 Offline GreekAnts - Posted October 11 2021 - 3:05 PM

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Messor sp,for the exact sp you need really good pictures from stereoscope/microscope or even a dna test, its notoriously hard to id messors.
My messor queen might be ibericus but its not 100% sure and yours kinda looks like mine, but again for a serious id you need microscopic pictures or even dna test (according to a university professor I spoke with).


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#7 Offline SamuelCB - Posted October 12 2021 - 12:27 AM

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Amazing. Thank you all for the quick responses. The workers that I found near by definitely look like messor workers now I’ve looked them up!





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