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Hunter36o
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Please help! Strange ant like creature near Lasius Niger nest.

Post: # 38249Post Hunter36o
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:35 am

Okay fist I would like to say sorry as the bugger i am about to discuss hit seconds before I could take a picture. But okay, to start I have a set area I like to take my smoke breaks as I get to ant watch on a local wild Lasius Niger colony. Today about 20 minutes ago I spotted what I first though was a male alate and I was about to get excited thinking some queens could soon emerge and I can catch a queen even while at work! But after a closer look the abdomen was blood red! And after taking out my phone to take a picture ( again i am sorry i failed to take the picture ]: ) i noticed a needle like thing coming straight out from his/ her abdomen maybe a stinger of sorts? I honestly do not know and when i look up niger males none have the blood red arse on them. It was be no more the 4-5mm and had a small head which it why i first assumed it was a male alate. I live in Dublin Ireland and my works location is Clondalkin Dublin 22. I know with out a picture this is almost useless information but if someone has an idea of any insect that resembles this description so i can tey track an image online that would be great. And if it actually is a male alate then yay they are emerging earlier then expected this year. If you need more information that I did not realise was needed let me know as this has now been burnt into my memory as I got a small fear that some wild workers are in danger.
Officially caring for 4 Lasius colonies :D :D :D

Founding stage:
11x Lasius Niger
1x Myrmica Rubra
1x Myrmica ??

Hunter36o
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Re: Please help! Strange ant like creature near Lasius Niger nest.

Post: # 38254Post Hunter36o
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:05 am

Okay if people could help me on this that would be great as I am done looking this up on the internet because it has taken me to some dark places.... I will never sleep in peace again....
Officially caring for 4 Lasius colonies :D :D :D

Founding stage:
11x Lasius Niger
1x Myrmica Rubra
1x Myrmica ??

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Dotdispenser
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Re: Please help! Strange ant like creature near Lasius Niger nest.

Post: # 38296Post Dotdispenser
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:21 pm

Most likely a velvet ant which, although its name, is a wingless wasp. Their sting is incredibly painful, but I highly doubt the ants are in danger.

Anyways, look them up on google. There are too many species of velvet ant, or “cow killer,” to show on this thread.

Hunter36o
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Re: Please help! Strange ant like creature near Lasius Niger nest.

Post: # 38301Post Hunter36o
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:32 pm

Ah okay will do thank you however think this little dude or dudet had wings. That is why I at first glance though it could have been an early sign of male alates. But I will check this info out and i will update even anything comes up.
Officially caring for 4 Lasius colonies :D :D :D

Founding stage:
11x Lasius Niger
1x Myrmica Rubra
1x Myrmica ??

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