Red Queens that mate on the ground- Myrmica or Aphaenogaster?

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Red Queens that mate on the ground- Myrmica or Aphaenogaster?

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Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:53 am

I have observed a mass nuptial flight last fall with bright red queens that looked sort of like Pogonomyrmex queens, with the hairs on their abdomens, but I realized it was the wrong season. They have the general body shape of Myrmica, but they were fighting, and the color and hairs look like that of Aphaenogaster. The queens were also fighting, so that to me says monogynous. They also looked a little small for Aphaenogast, as well. Their wings were yellowish gold and most didn't want to lose them even after most of them I caught when they were mating. The males also could detach themselves at will, or at least when I picked them up.
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