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Steenberg Rugged Ringbum Ant Bothroponera cavernosa

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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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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What

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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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 05:12 PM SAST

Description

Fuzzy small Tetramoriums nesting in open sandy soil. Size around the 2.5mm mark - could be just over. Thought they were Pheidole but then noticed the gasters which looks grey when looked at with the naked eye and investigated. Glad I did:-) The last 2 images were added to show the density of gastral pilosity but the branching pattern of the hairs are actually seen best in the 3rd image - the ant with the balding gaster (zoom in max). Ants of SA p180 and p184 T eminii versus T inezulae. I am inclined to go for the latter. What do you think Peter?

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What

Ant-mimic Spiders Genus Myrmarachne

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 04:25 PM SAST

Description

This Myrmarachne jumping spider does an excellent ant impression of Tetraponera natalensis and T emeryi, I suppose. Put a big smile on my face!
@peterslingsby FYI

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 10:33 AM SAST

Description

Another save from the pool. Greenish, mildly iridescent beetle ~10mm body length.

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What

African Stink Ant Paltothyreus tarsatus

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 06:56 AM SAST

Description

Came across this scene on my morning walk. The millipede was still alive but appeared partially paralysed - moved the head and some legs but no more. No trauma to the millipede apparent so I wonder whether the band of stinkys stung it.

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What

Twotone Tree Ant Atopomyrmex mocquerysi

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 07:34 AM SAST

Description

Beautiful, slow moving, two tone ants that are a pleasure to photograph. Found walking up the stem of a large tree. The features described in Ants of SA p102 are nicely visible here. Both minors and majors represented in the images. Too many pictures...

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Red Fierce Ant Tetramorium setuliferum

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 5, 2019 08:00 AM SAST

Description

Medium sized, red Tetramoriums found nesting in sandy ground. Measure around 5mm. Ants of SA p188-189.

Edit 1: 4 Additional images added at the end that also show the nest entrance better at lower magnification.

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What

Variable Fruit Chafer Elaphinis delagoensis

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 4, 2019 10:06 AM SAST

Description

Beautifully coloured fruit chafer.

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What

Soldier Flies Family Stratiomyidae

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 1, 2019 10:43 AM SAST

Description

Hairy eye soldier fly. The last 2 images from a second fly.

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What

Hippo Fly Tabanus biguttatus

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 4, 2019 10:09 AM SAST

Description

A very large Tabanus fly. ~20mm body length.

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 4, 2019 09:24 AM SAST

Description

Velvet ants. @peterslingsby FYI.

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 3, 2019 12:32 PM SAST

Description

Another swimming pool rehab case. Beautiful greyisg - brown and yellow beetle.

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What

Potter and Mason Wasps Subfamily Eumeninae

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 4, 2019 07:07 AM SAST

Description

Not sure if this is a wasp, hornet or wild bee. The face and antennae remind me of a bee although everything else is more wasp like. Found in the house this morning and relocated outside. Size around 20mm I would guess.

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 3, 2019 07:35 PM SAST

Description

My youngest daughter had found this small scarab beetle in the house we are staying in and brought it to me to photograph. Measured 6-7mm.

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Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 3, 2019 10:58 AM SAST

Description

Minute ants photographed at 5X magnification allowing measurement which calculated to 1.5-1.6mm. They are lighter in colour than the T minimum that I photographed in EC which was more orange - so unsure if these are the same - might be - will have to review the Tapinoma options again.

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What

Natal Cocktail Ant Crematogaster natalensis

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 3, 2019 05:13 PM SAST

Description

This is another interesting one - very small Crems - took me by surprise when I looked through the lens. These small yellow ants were on the same tree as the Nesomyrmex. They were very small visually in the 2-2.5mm range. I photographed them at 5X magnification so I could get a very accurate length measurement which calculated to between 2.2 and 2.3mm for different ants. The rest is in the pictures. Thought maybe one of the Natal golden cocktail ants??

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What

Shiny Spiny Sugar Ant Polyrhachis gagates

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 3, 2019 05:02 PM SAST

Description

A large spiny sugar ant. Appears generally dark grey to black with a shiny black (polished) gaster. Size around 10-12mm I would say. See Ants of SA p96-97.

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Angulate Lonely Ant Nesomyrmex angulatus

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 3, 2019 05:16 PM SAST

Description

I search for these ants again to get a more accurate measurement of body length and to get a few profile images to show the spines better. Found the ants wandering up and down a tree about 50meters away from where the others were found. The spines look somewhat more turned up on these - see second image for instance. For measurement I photographed at exactly 5x magnification which then makes for an easy calculation. The ants measure around 3.1mm (for one without a significantly swollen gaster).

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What

Angulate Lonely Ant Nesomyrmex angulatus

Observer

flippie1971

Date

October 3, 2019 10:29 AM SAST

Description

This looks like an interesting small (2.5-3mm) slender yellow Tetramorium with very marginate mesosoma. Propodeum armed, solid nodes!. Found nesting in old, dried out wood. One for Peter:-)

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