Myrmica, eastern Australia

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Chainsawer69
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Myrmica, eastern Australia

Post: # 73989Post Chainsawer69
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:36 am

Found this Myrmica Eastern NSW Australia. I don't think it's a queen but I'm curious as to what sub species it is as I've never seen an ant that look likes this and couldn't find any pics online either. With a light on it the thorax and head are brown with some patches of metallic colour. The abdomen is metallic gold and sometimes looks more metallic green. It appears to be just over a centremeter in length. Additionally it's mandibles are extremely well hidden until it decides to pull them out. This initially made me question if it's even an ant!

Here's some pictures, the colour doesn't show up very well. :(

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Chainsawer69
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Re: Myrmica, eastern Australia

Post: # 73990Post Chainsawer69
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:28 am

Having a closer look, the head is black, not brown, and there are a bunch of tiny hairs on the entire ant.

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