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Observed: 5th May 2011 By: TheoldcodgerTheoldcodger’s reputation in InvertebratesTheoldcodger’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

large 4 winged insect. definitely not a flying ant. wrong wings wrong feelers wrong eyes wrong weather. too cold and the only one ever seen !
more than twice the size of a wood ant

Identifications
  • unknown (unknown)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
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    Likely ID
    Formica
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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Wing venation looks spot on

It is odd for the antennae to be held straight in ants (normally elbowed), but wing venation looks spot on for a formicinae ant (Formica/Lasius). It also has the characteristic upright plate-like petiole segment. Given the colour - lots of bright red - I guess one of the red/black Wood Ants is most likely. However, I have never seen a male in real life....

Steve