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safari_ants safari ants aka dorylus...i cant put the species in for some reason....anyone help? European Hornet,Geotagged,Summer,Tanzania,Vespa crabro,africa,ants,safari ants,serengeti Click/tap to enlarge

safari_ants

safari ants aka dorylus...i cant put the species in for some reason....anyone help?

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  1. Dorylus isn't drilled down quite far enough - it's the genus, which is the first important part, but then you need species, which can be the difficult part. There are 61 species in the dorylus genus. A good field guide might help you narrow down your choices, but insects can be quite difficult. Posted 4 years ago
    1. oh I see...everytime I typed in safari and it's switched to dorylus. Posted 4 years ago
      1. I encourage you to spend a few minutes to go through this article:

        http://www.jungledragon.com/about/howtosharephotos

        It will explain at what level we identify things in JungleDragon. The bottom line is that we do so at the species level. For that you first have to know what a species is, and how it is different from a genus.

        In this specific example, you indicated "Safari ants". This is a genus:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorylus

        Note how on the wikipedia page there is a large list of species that make up this genus. That species level is where we identify things at, so anything higher or broader than that is not specific enough.

        I hope this helps.
        Posted 4 years ago

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Uploaded May 3, 2015. Captured Mar 18, 2015 13:07 in Mara, Tanzania.
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