Need ID - North/east Europe 13.06

Help with identifying the species your ants

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Cerbenix
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Need ID - North/east Europe 13.06

Post: # 37600Post Cerbenix
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:33 am

I'm from Latvia, a country in the north east of Europe. Today on the 13th of June I went to a forest to look for camponotus ants. Although I saw lots and lots of workers only managed to capture one camponotus herculeanus (I think) queen and one other that I have not seen before.
I would really appreciate if someone could tell me what ant I'v got. Hopefully the pictures are good enough, I don't have a camera with a macro setting. A little description - her gaster is black and very shiny, her legs and underside are brown, a little bit red even. In terms of size she is about 11-13 mm long.
Top view of unknown ant.
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Little bit of a side view
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The two ants I caught today. The closest one i think is C. herculeanus??? The furthest one is the one I need an ID on.
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If needed I can provide some more pictures.

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Re: Need ID - North/east Europe 13.06

Post: # 37604Post Batspiderfish
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:52 am

The smaller queen is a Formica social parasite which will need 6-8 Formica pupae to start a colony.

The Camponotus requires better pictures to ID. These pictures are kind of dark.
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Cerbenix
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Re: Need ID - North/east Europe 13.06

Post: # 37607Post Cerbenix
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:06 pm

Thank you for the reply. Don't really care about Camponotus one just wanted to know what the other one was.
So I guess there is no point in keeping the Formica one? Is there? No idea if I would be able to find Formica pupae.

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