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Species Account for Myrmica schencki

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Myrmica schencki  Viereck, 1903
an ant
Aculeata: Formicidae: Formicidae

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National status: Nb
Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important

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Taxonomic group: ants (Aculeata: Formicidae) - County data   
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Myrmica schencki is a Nationally Scarce (Notable B) ant that has been found to be much more widespread in the county than expected, but it has usually only found in small numbers and most records have been made using pitfall traps. There are recent (post 1990) records from 16x10km squares in Essex, most of which are near the coast. Apart from a single worker on a roadside verge at Alresford all records are from old and undisturbed sites (Harvey 1998). Apparently this species differs from other European Myrmica in having no winter brood, is nocturnal and derives much of its food from the glandular secretions of low herbage such as Hypochaeris and Hieracium spp. Colonies are single queened and isolated, situated in sandy banks and dry pasture (Collingwood 1979). References

Species text last edited on Tue Nov 9th 2010 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 29 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 1 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 171 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 158 records with habitat detail and method information)

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