Niger or flavus??

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Macatak
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Niger or flavus??

Post: # 40934Post Macatak
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:34 am

I found this queen along with around 15 others after a niger nuptial. Whilst it’s not massively clear in the picture it is different to the rest in that it has distinct yellow bands around it’s gastor compared to the others. Otherwise size location and time were the same. Having never caught one before is this a flavus queen?

This was caught in late June in Suffolk England and is the size of a lasius niger.

Thank you in advance


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2x Lasius Niger
2x Messor Barbarus
2x Formica Fusca
2x Lasius Flavus
3x Myrmica Rubra

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Niger or flavus??

Post: # 41018Post Batspiderfish
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:26 pm

Lasius sp.

Most likely L. niger.
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Macatak
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Re: Niger or flavus??

Post: # 41031Post Macatak
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:29 pm

Thanks for the response, I think you are right and it was a trick of the light that highlighted the bands more.

Thanks again for your help
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2x Lasius Niger
2x Messor Barbarus
2x Formica Fusca
2x Lasius Flavus
3x Myrmica Rubra

Shane84
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Re: Niger or flavus??

Post: # 41032Post Shane84
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:50 pm

I was gonna say, im no expert but she looks like the Lasius Niger I caught :-)
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2 x Lasius Niger ( 1 mine and the other my daughters who is proper excited about keeping her Honeybun Kingdom...)

ClashOwenBash
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Re: Niger or flavus??

Post: # 41171Post ClashOwenBash
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:49 am

I've kept both before and a good way to tell is to look at the legs. L.Flavus have orange legs. Whilst L.Niger are all black.
Currently caring for a Lasius Niger colony :D

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Lasius Niger
Lasius Flavus
Myrmica Rubra

Macatak
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Re: Niger or flavus??

Post: # 41196Post Macatak
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:42 am

That’s interesting, these have yellow/orange legs.
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2x Lasius Niger
2x Messor Barbarus
2x Formica Fusca
2x Lasius Flavus
3x Myrmica Rubra

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