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Ant on Oenanthe crocata Hemlock Water-dropwort

Observed: 5th June 2004 By: miked
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Oenanthe crocata Hemlock Water-dropwort
Oenanthe crocata Hemlock Water-dropwort
Description:

I'm after the ants not the plant

Identifications
Species interactions

Species with which Red Ant (Myrmica rubra) interacts

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I was wondering if it might

I was wondering if it might be some kind of more specialist ant given that this is a water plant so ant might have to risk life and limb to get to nectar

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The two-part petiole and

The two-part petiole and propodeal spines exclude all Lasius and any other Formicine ant. The scape indicates either M. rubra or M. ruginodis, but the crucial bits are not shown clearly (though from what we can see of the spines, I think the former).

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Have added the only other

Have added the only other photo i have, not sure this is any more helpful.

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I would not stake my life on

I would not stake my life on it, Mike, but the new pic points more strongly to M. rubra. The spines seem too short for ruginodis, and it is certainly one or other.

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Thanks

Thanks