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Variegated Reed Bee Allodapula variegata

Observer

flippie1971

Date

September 13, 2020 07:31 AM SAST

Description

Allodapula variegata female
ID credit: Bernhard Jacobi
Collected at local green strip. Photographed in studio.

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Monkey Beetles Tribe Hopliini

Observer

flippie1971

Date

August 21, 2020 07:44 PM SAST

Description

Small hairy monkey beetle. Found, cleaned and photographed at ~ 5X magnification. Measures 7mm body length and 12mm with the legs.

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Cape Honey Bee Apis mellifera ssp. capensis

Observer

flippie1971

Date

July 25, 2020 04:51 AM SAST

Description

Dead honey bee found in the garden last Saturday. Cleaned (old soft paintbrush) and photographed it yesterday. Between 2.5 - 3X magnification. The long tongue is quite impressive.

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Vivid Metallic Ground Beetles Genus Chlaenius

Observer

flippie1971

Date

June 6, 2020 10:20 AM SAST

Description

Iridescent green beetle with coppery head and thorax colour when viewed with the naked eye. Found in the garden and measures 13mm.
Studio photographs of dead, collected specimen.

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Little Fringed Weevil Atrichonotus taeniatulus

Observer

flippie1971

Date

May 1, 2020 01:52 PM SAST

Description

These ~5-6mm (some a little smaller) beetles have previously been found in my garden and identified as a potential invasive species of some importance see here https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11317923
I have now rediscovered them in the garden today (on a garden wall) and collected specimens so that a positive ID can hopefully be made.

Edit: 2 High resolution images added (first 2 images) of one of the dead specimens collected at the time of making this obs. Other photos are of live specimens taken in the field.

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What

Prickly Restless Ant Plagiolepis puncta

Observer

flippie1971

Date

December 19, 2019 11:27 AM SAST

Description

Minute brown ants collected at Grootbos Nature reserve by Peter Slingsby. Photographed at 5X magnification they varied in size from just under 1.4mm up to almost 1.7mm.

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Table Mountain Timid Ant Monomorium tablense

Observer

flippie1971

Date

December 19, 2019 11:43 AM SAST

Description

These tiny yellow ants were collected by Peter Slingsby at Grootbos. Photographed at 5X magnification they measured ~ 1.7mm.

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Orange Sugar Ant Camponotus cuneiscapus

Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 24, 2019 08:06 AM SAST

Description

Orange coloured sugar ants found under a rock. The nest entrance was below the rock with a number of shallow channels visible outside the entrance hole where the ants were moving in (the intact rock would form the roof of these. The ants initially stood dead still for probably 2 minutes before slowly reanimating and then disappeared into the nest. They would then periodically reappear one at a time to investigate the situation. Size varied in the 7-10mm range I would guess. Feeble moustache visible and the majors not as robust at those of C mystaceus. Large eye set behind the midline. So, pretty sure they are C cuneiscapus rather than C mystaceus. See Ants of SA p52 vs p62.

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Haviland's Timid Ant Monomorium havilandi

Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 23, 2019 06:58 PM SAST

Description

Size just shy of 3mm. Fits the description in Ants of SA p142 to a tee. These ants are quite distinctive to my eyes. Apart from the general colour description given in Ants of SA, their heads appear broad and oversized with a prominent occipital indentation and quite prominent pilosity. I then looked for the tridentate mandibles which are clearly visible in at least pictures 1 and 7. According to Ants of SA this is the only tridentate Monomorium in the region.

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Flea Beetles Tribe Alticini

Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 23, 2019 02:23 PM SAST

Description

Small red and black-blue beetles with thick thighs on the back legs.

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 23, 2019 07:45 AM SAST

Description

Beautiful emerald green and white fruit chafer.

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 22, 2019 07:11 AM SAST

Description

Found these 2 Messor-like ants under a rock. A young queen and single worker. The worker is small measuring just shy of 5mm I would guess. The queen measures in the 12-15mm range. Double noded petiole with no propodeal spines I can see. Very large eyes and the worker's eyes are very bulging - see image 3. Does not fit any of our Messors. Not quite sure where to place them. .. Any ideas Peter?

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What

Bianconi's Brown Sugar Ant Camponotus bianconii

Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 12, 2019 12:09 AM SAST

Description

A dark brown / black and yellow Camponotus queen collected from leaf litter in an old milkwood forest at Grootbos nature reserve. Length measured at 13mm. I'm thinking one of C dicksoni or C bianconii. Not C bertolonii which is clearly a different ant, see here (the linked queen ant was found in a C bertolonii nest and its identification is therefore certain in my view): https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26183901.
Would have to investigate further to progress. Any ideas @peterslingsby ?

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Frigid Fierce Ant Tetramorium frigidum

Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 11, 2019 08:04 AM SAST

Description

Tetramorium with droopy gaster, reddish tint in colour (although more brown and less red than the Welgemoed clan), long spines and very distinctive petiolar node. Measured 2.9-3mm @ 5x magnification. Quite widespread clearly having been found in Welgemoed, Gansbaai and Hluhluwe!

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Prickly Restless Ant Plagiolepis puncta

Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 11, 2019 07:51 AM SAST

Description

Truly minute brown ants. Found nesting under a rock. The first image shows an ant at the nest entrance. Hourglass shaped mesosoma with petiolar scale visible (in at least 2 images) and 5 gastral tergites clearly seen - so not Tapinoma or Technomyrmex. Photographed at 5X magnification so I could accurately measure them: 1.3mm. The size, shiny brown colour and eye size and shape otherwise would fit with P puncta - so I will go with that.

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Spotted Sugar Ant Camponotus maculatus

Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 11, 2019 08:17 AM SAST

Description

Beautiful light chestnut brown to almost peach head and mesosoma on these Camponotus ants that otherwise look like C maculatus so I have gone with that - although this colouring is not something I have seen before. The largest majors were probably around 15mm and the smallest minors about 7mm.

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Table Mountain Timid Ant Monomorium tablense

Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 10, 2019 06:45 PM SAST

Description

Minute yellow monomoriums found in leaf litter in Grootbos milkwood forest. Photographed at 5x magnification allowing accurate size estimation. Measured 1.7mm.

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Grassi's Fierce Ant Tetramorium grassii

Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 10, 2019 04:37 PM SAST

Description

Tetramorium ants collected at Grootbos nature reserve. Much darker and blacker - less red than the variety in my garden in Welgemoed.. Measure just over 3mm which is also a little smaller than the Welgemoed ants. The long spines, very prominent scrobes, mesosomal sculpture and erect hairs covering large parts of the ant, fit very well.

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Southern Crypt Ant Hypoponera austra

Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 10, 2019 04:40 PM SAST

Description

Collected from leaf litter in an old milkwood forest at Grootbos with Peter, Geke and Paula. Thanks Geke for your coordinates and sharp eyes that located these and Paula for your help locating the ants during the photography session!
Photographed at 5x magnification. Measured 2.7-2.8mm. Peter, I leave the species level ID of this one for you.

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Huntsman Spiders Family Sparassidae

Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 9, 2019 12:25 PM SAST

Description

This grumpy looking spider measured between 15-20mm (body length) I would guess. Found in the leaf litter in an old milkwood forest. Wil try to progress the ID when I'm back home where the books are!

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Chestnut Razorjaw Ant Leptogenys castanea

Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 10, 2019 09:58 AM SAST

Description

Collected these beautiful dark chestnut coloured slender ponerines in leaf litter in a beautiful old milkwood forest at Grootbos nature reserve by Peter, Geke, Paula and myself. Measured ~4mm body length. Thanks for hosting us and going through all that trouble Paula. It is much appreciated!

ID credit: Peter Slingsby who called it in the field!

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Natal Crazy Ant Nylanderia natalensis

Observer

flippie1971

Date

November 8, 2019 10:15 AM SAST

Description

An emergence of Nylanderia in my garden this morning (a common species in the garden that nests under rocks). Many of these alate females around.

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 26, 2019 03:22 PM SAST

Description

A Lycus beetle found feeding on a flower.

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Square

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 26, 2019 02:38 PM SAST

Description

Looks similar to these. Found on a garden wall.

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Higher Termites Family Termitidae

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 26, 2019 02:44 PM SAST

Description

Small termites found nesting in old wood.

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Small Pugnacious Ant Anoplolepis steingroeveri

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 19, 2019 03:32 PM SAST

Description

These ants rule the strandveld. They are abundant on the coastal path at Blaauwberg nature reserve.

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Hairy Sugar Ant Camponotus niveosetosus

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 19, 2019 05:18 PM SAST

Description

Probably this. Found nesting in old wood. Carrying cocoons. Not as hairy as I've seen locally but there appears to be a lot of variation as I recently learned ;-)

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Table Mountain Timid Ant Monomorium tablense

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 19, 2019 04:11 PM SAST

Description

Very small yellow Monomoriums. Photographed at 5X Magnification so I could accurately measure them and it came to 1.9mm. Found on an old wood stump in lying in the sand. The petiole node looks similar to the other M tablense we have identified before.

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What

Steenberg Rugged Ringbum Ant Bothroponera cavernosa

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 19, 2019 03:03 PM SAST

Description

These pobnerines are common on the Blaauwberg nature reserve coastal trail. I stopped counting at 25 ants walking along the trail. These photos are a selection of photos taken of 4 ants. The ants are an excellent match for the B cavernosa that Hamish Robertson collected at Blaauwberg and are available to see on Antweb. However, they differ in quite a few ways from the Silvermine ants that we have given the same name. They are slightly bigger and appear more robust. The Silvermine ants have a lower, sleeker profile when viewed with the naked eye. Furthermore the sculpture of the Silvermine ants are more severe and more pumice stone like and they are covered by longish golden hairs which these ants don't have. Finally, I see that the distal 3 gaster segments on these ants are relatively smooth and again not covered with hairs which again is different from the Silvermine ants of which we have at least 2 observations. Peter, I note there are 2 subspecies of these ants, do you have any information on that otherwise I wonder whether the Silvermine ants are something else... Note: Not all our Bothroponera have photos on Antweb.

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Strandveld Hotrod Ant Ocymyrmex dekerus

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 19, 2019 03:09 PM SAST

Description

Fast running, Hotrod ants. Blaauwberg nature reserve coastal trail.

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