2 species of Formica - lots of pictures

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MaxGen
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2 species of Formica - lots of pictures

Post: # 28952Post MaxGen
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:11 pm

I took a walk in the same path that Mikey filmed his last video in in Toronto, since it is practically in my backyard. Found 6 queens, 5 of which look the same, but the 6th looked different and was larger.

I have a number of pictures of both species below. Can someone identify them? Bigger queen first.

Species 1 - 12mm. Seemed to have a shinier gaster than the rest.

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Species 2 - 10mm Seemed to be very black all over

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Re: 2 species of Formica - lots of pictures

Post: # 28959Post Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:20 pm

If you get images of the front of the head and images of the gaster, emphasizing overall shininess, then we can pin a species ID to these queens. These are a little dark -- you'll want to use a flash or photograph her against a darker background so that light metering is easier.
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