Plagiolepis taurica Santschi, 1920

Description and notes

Bolton (in prep.) recognises P. taurica as a senior synonym of P. vindobonensis Lomnicki. The pale to dark brown workers and brownish black males are very small (1-2mm and 1.5mm-2mm long, respectively). Queens are 3-4mm long (Collingwood 1979).

Distribution

Plagiolepis taurica occurs in the Channel Islands, but is absent from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Elsewhere, it occurs in central and eastern Europe, its range extending south into Italy and Greece.

Status (in Britain only)

The Channel Islands are not included in assessments of conservation status either in Shirt (1987) or by Falk (1991).

Habitat

Plagiolepis taurica may be found in warm, dry, open areas where it nests under stones and in rock crevices. In the Channel Islands it colonises coastal cliffs.

Flight period

Nests contain winged sexuals between June and August (Seifert 1996). Nesting biology and foraging behaviour Colonies usually have several queens. Workers tend homopterans for honeydew and forage for nectar. They follow trails to permanent food sources (Seifert 1996).

Author of profile

G M Orledge.

Year profile last updated

2006