It is raining rare ants in Bangalore!!
It has been two days since I spotted Dilobocondyla and now here is yet another extremely rare Indian ant, Myrmecina. One individual of this particular species, M. urbanii, was caught during a sweep net collection in IISc campus and nowhere else in Bangalore. The only other report of this species has been from Kerala, in 1994. There are only two species belonging to this genus known from the Indian subcontinent. I am thrilled!!! The distinctly hooked like spines, along with the unusually large gaster left us gaping at this ant in the field. The habitat where we saw this ant was extremely disturbed, and is in principal a park, which is a huge lung space for Bangalore, Cubbon Park. Boy! are we on a roll.