Colonies of Myrmica inezae were found nesting under stones and in rotten logs at shady places. These areas are covered with Cedrus and Pinus trees with very dense ground vegetation. Lowest and highest air temperature observed at the collection site was 21.4°C and 30°C, respectively, the nest temperature never exceeding 17°C. Humidity of the collection site ranged from 54% to 79%. Alates appear in June and July. The altitudinal range for this species is 1900-3000m above mean sea level. (Bharti et al., 2016)
A member of the inezae group. M. inezae is a very conspicuous species, belonging to the inezae species group. Even though this species was described only from a single worker, it so well differs from any other known Myrmica species that we had no .trouble attributing the non-type material to this species. Its main features are the coarse transversal rugosity on the alitrunk dorsum combined with long propodeal spines and a long petiole having a very long and thin peduncle. (Radchenko and Elmes 2010)
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Males have not been collected.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- inezae. Myrmica inezae Forel, 1902c: 226 (w.) INDIA. Radchenko & Elmes, 2002: 37 (q.). See also: Bingham, 1903: 268; Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 153.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - Holotype. w, "Himalaya, Pachmarchi (Schurr)" (GENEVA);
Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - Forel's eldest daughter was called Inez and although he did not specifically say so, this species was most probably dedicated to her; the name is derived from Greek and means chaste. Forel also gave :this name to species in two other genera.
- Bharti, H. & Sharma, Y.P. 2013. Three new species of genus Myrmica (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Himalaya. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology 16, 123–130. PDF
- Bharti, H., Sasi, S., Radchenko, A. 2016. Biogeography and ecology of Myrmica species (Formicidae: Myrmicinae) in Himalayan regions. Sociobiology 63, 956-975 (DOI 10.13102/sociobiology.v63i3.1145).
- Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. (page 268, see also)
- Forel, A. 1902c. Myrmicinae nouveaux de l'Inde et de Ceylan. Rev. Suisse Zool. 10: 165-249 (page 226, worker described)
- Radchenko, A. G.; Elmes, G. W. 2002. First descriptions of the sexual forms of seven Himalayan Myrmica species (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Vestn. Zool. 36(5): 35-46 (page 37, queen described)
- Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.
- Wei, Z.; Zhou, S.; Liu, M. 1999. A new record species of the genus Myrmica Latreille (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Shaanxi, China. Entomotaxonomia 21: 60 (new to China)