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Ants - Formicidae,  Lasius brevicornis? *Tentative ID<br />
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Habitat: Under a rock in a deciduous forest Formicidae,Geotagged,Lasius,Lasius brevicornis,Lasius flavus,Spring,United States,Yellow meadow ant,ants Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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  1. Nice! Perhaps....


    ...it's just a guess. But would be very cool as they don't often appear above ground.
    Posted 9 days ago
    1. That really looks like it could be them! They were quite small and huddled together on the rock when I exposed them. Most were subterranean. Posted 9 days ago
      1. Nice! Just spotted this text though:

        "The yellow meadow ant, (also yellow hill ant, formal name Lasius flavus), is one of the most common ants in Central Europe, and it also occurs in Asia and North Africa, but populations in North America are a different, related species (Lasius brevicornis)"

        So may be Lasius brevicornis instead.
        Posted 9 days ago
        1. Okay, thanks. I wonder if Lasius brevicornis is a separate, recognized species? Or, maybe a subspecies? I just tried to update the ID and it kicked back to L. flavus. Posted 9 days ago
          1. "Schar et al. (2018): Lasius brevicornis Emery, 1893 stat. nov. was treated as a full species until it was placed in synonymy with La. flavus by Wilson (1955). This study supports its removal from synonymy and treatment as a full species. The junior synonyms Lasius brevicornis microps Wheeler, 1917, Lasius flavus claripennis Wheeler, 1917 and Lasius helvus Cook, 1953 should be transferred from synonymy with Lasius flavus and treated as junior synonyms of Lasius brevicornis."

            So first it was a full species, then it wasn't, and now it is again. Except that Wikipedia still thinks it isn't. Clear, right?
            Posted 9 days ago
          2. Disentangled the synonyms now and made a separate record. Feel free to enrich it, it's quite basic now :) Posted 9 days ago
            1. Great, thanks! Posted 8 days ago
  2. Love the honey colour Posted 8 days ago
    1. I did as well :) Posted 6 days ago

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Lasius brevicornis is a species of ant in the Lasius genus. It occurs in North America.

Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Oct 14, 2020. Captured May 18, 2020 23:54 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 90D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/197s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm