Myrmica hirsuta Elmes,

Collingwood, C. A., 1979, The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark., Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 8, pp. 1-174: 51

publication ID

6175

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Myrmica hirsuta Elmes
status

 

Myrmica hirsuta Elmes  HNS  , 1978 Fig. 68.

Myrmica hirsuta Elmes  HNS  , 1978:131.

Queen. Similar to a microgyne M. sabuleti  HNS  but distinguished by the laterally enlarged postpetiole, wider frons and excessive development of body hairs. Head width: 1.05 mm. Body length: 5.2 mm. Mean postpetiole width: 0.675 mm.

Male. Similar to M. sabuleti  HNS  except in smaller size and more profuse body hairs. Length: 5.3 mm.

Distribution. Rare, Dorset, South England only.

Biology. This species was discovered by Elmes (1978) in a small group of colonies containing apparently normal M. sabuleti  HNS  workers and in some cases normal queens. The small queens were at first assumed to be microgynes of M. sabuleti  HNS  but body pilosity and relative postpetiole measurements were found to be outside the range of that species. In size and appearance M. hirsuta  HNS  resembles M. myrmecoxena Forel found once only as a parasite of M. lobicornis  HNS  in Switzerland and also has affinities with the similar but much larger Myrmica bibikoffi Kutter  HNS  (1963).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Myrmica