Post by Lasius flavus on Jul 27, 2010 15:38:36 GMT
I found this tiny ant today in a crawling over a stone in a field. At first, I assumed it was Myrmica rubra, because of its colour and shape, however on closer inspection it was clearly not although I am pretty sure that it is in the Myrmica genus. It was less hairy, much, much smaller (about 3-4mm) and its abdomen was pointier. It was also a brighter red colour. I have seen these ants before, but never paid much attention to them. I have attached a picture, but the quality isn't very good, I'm afraid. Does anyone know what it is?
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Not very easy to ID from the pics, but contenders are Leptothorax acervorum or maybe Myrmica scabrinodis/ruginodis, although if that is a 10 pence piece in the photo then I tend to lean more toward Leptothorax than any of the Myrmica species as all are found around Somerset