grant burleigh's picture

Ant on patrol?

Observed: 10th April 2013 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Antcomposite
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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grant burleigh's picture

Solitary ant

I saw this ant wandering over the section of wall on which several ants might previously have been in contention (“Ants on a wall”; iSpot 15/03/2013). I wondered why this ant wasn’t accompanied by others. Perhaps it is a scout, patrolling the space between mutually hostile colonies.

Mydaea's picture

It is Formica, maybe F.

It is Formica, maybe F. cunicularia.

grant burleigh's picture

Formica

Thanks for that ID

Mydaea's picture

If it is Lasius (and I am not

If it is Lasius (and I am not persuaded - it looks more like Formica to me) it must be brunneus - not so? So why stick at the genus?

the ant man's picture

I don't think that it's

I don't think that it's L.brunneus either. Formica cunicularia seems more likely