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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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What

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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What

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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What

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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What

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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Grey Rugged Ringbum Ant Bothroponera pumicosa

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 13, 2019 03:40 PM SAST

Description

12-13mm, Ponerine ant with a crater covered body. Ants of SA p198-199

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What

Black Hag Ant Hagensia peringueyi

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 12, 2019 07:52 AM SAST

Description

Black hag ants patrolling Silvermine in the early morning hours. Ants of SA p202-203

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Black Cocktail Ant Crematogaster peringueyi

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 12, 2019 08:33 AM SAST

Description

Typical black cocktail ants. Carton nest nearby. 11 antennal segments (scape + 10) and erect pronotal hairs visible.

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Common Fierce Ants Tetramorium sericeiventre

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 2, 2019 02:45 PM SAST

Description

I only took these two shots of this ant unfortunately. I concluded it was T sericeiventre (Ts) which I have photographed numerous times before and moved on. It looks very much like Ts in many ways but I note 2 differences of interest now looking back though some of my images. This ant has a lot more sculpture than any Ts I have photographed before and has a very marginate mesonotum which is not obvious on prior photos of Ts. Any ideas Peter - do you think is Ts?

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What

African Big-headed Ant Pheidole megacephala

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 07:05 AM SAST

Description

Found on a dirt track clearing a beetle carcass.

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 08:25 AM SAST

Description

Velvet ants 5: Another velvet ant found foraging by a dirt road at sunset. Think this one is the same species as 'Velvet ants 2'.

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 05:18 PM SAST

Description

Velvet ants 4: Fourth of 5 Velvet ants found on a dirt roadside at sunset.

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 05:03 PM SAST

Description

Velvet Ants 3: Third velvet ant found at the side of the roadside at sunset. Drop of sugar water on its neck - didn't seem to bother it.

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 04:37 PM SAST

Description

Velvet ants 2: A velvet ant found on a the side of a dirt road near sunset. Sports that "knitted jersey' look.

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 04:34 PM SAST

Description

Velvet Ants 1: A small velvet ant found on the side of a dirt road at sunset.

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 06:36 AM SAST

Description

I found some Pheidole clearing up the remains of a Stink ringbum ant. I usualy don't bother to post the Pheidole minors if there weren't major around as identification then becomes a guessing game. However, these have very long spines and the ants bigger than the P capensis we get down in Cape Town. Thought you might have some ideas Peter? I add a final picture of the other end of the Stink ringbum also!

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 04:49 PM SAST

Description

Dark brown to black Monomoriums in the 3.5mm range. Peter, could this be a dark form of M australe - the petiolar nodes and distribution of setae as well as pitting looks the same?

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