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Ant-Formica rufa

Observed: 27th November 2010 By: gf2689
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
gf2689’s reputation in Invertebrates

1.Waist : yes
2.Legs : six
3.Wings : none
4.Segmented body : few segments
5.Wing case : no wing case
6.Mouthparts : biting, chewing and other types
7.Shell : no shell

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Oak Apple Gall Wasp (Biorhiza pallida) interacts


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hazy ant

Put the photo up anyway - it's surprising how useful even the fuzziest photo can be!

Bob Ford

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I have done so at you suggestion, many thanks.

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fuzzy photo

Now we'll wait and see what the experts make of it! Looks like a wood ant to me - except the body does look very fat.

Bob Ford

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Fat Ant

That's what puzzles me. Hurry up and wait.

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Ant gall wasp

Thankyou for clearing that up I keep looking to see if it will come back but no siign yet.

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Oak Apple Gall

The wasps which cause oak apple galls have a complex life cycle. If I remember correctly, the insect you have photographed will have hatched from galls on the oak's roots, which produce a generation consisting entirely of females. They lay their eggs parthogenetically, and these develop to produce the more familar oak apple galls on oak twigs. These twig galls produce a male+female generation in the summer.

Entomologist and biological recorder

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Gall wasp

Thankyou very much, it is nice to learn something new.