As this is rare species I would like expert opinion on the id - preferable from BWARS - so no enthusiastic ameteurs please
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I would trust a few of the as you call them enthusiastic amateurs I think your comment is rather harsh as some of them are very knowledgeable.
I didn't mean to offend anyone but as it a species of conservation concern I would like expert advise and as BWARS and Hymettus ask people to post on this site I did so
I can understand exactly what you meant by your comment, and would hope that no one takes offence (although I agree that it could be taken as being a bit harsh).
I would think that opinions from anyone who feels they know the species, and potential confusion species, well enough might help - as long as they explain their opinions with a comment rather than just clicking on "agree".
In general I would consider this to be the best way forward for any identifications that could potentially be controversial, or involve difficult species pairs/groups. Simply clicking on an agreement is fine when an ID is straightforward though, unless the original poster (or someone else) has specifically asked for ID pointers or other information.
I can't help with the ID though, I'll leave that to those who can (most of whom will probably be "enthusiastic amateurs" - some enthusiastic enough to hold volunteer positions in groups like BWARS!) ;o)
BWARS is fully amateur and enthusiastic!
The chances of this being Formica exsecta are extremely remote as there is only a single known extant English population, located on the Bovey/Chudleigh heathland complex in south Devon.
The most likely candidates from Bournemouth are Formica rufa and F. sanguinea, but to be absolutely certain, it is essential to have a specimen or two to check under the microscope. WE have some black-belt ant folks within the Society, and I am sure that one would be very happy to look at any you grab.
Sorry for my ill choosen words - I meant non-expert rather than none professional.
I know that f. exsecta is very unlikely but they were here and having seen f. rufibarbis in the most unlikely of places (a road verge) I thought I should check - especially as there is no obvious nest and they don't look or act like sanginea.
I'll grab a couple in the next few days
Got the ants, all I need is an address to send then to
The specimens you sent reached me safely, I'll have a look at them this evening
is really great - the ant is carrying the forceps (back part) of an earwig, and it looks like the ant has massive jaws
Thanks for your time David
Happy to help, keep on posting!
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