Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - M. orthostyla lives at quite high altitudes (about 2500 m) in various kinds of mountains steppes. Nests were built in soil, usually under stones. Based on collecting data, males were found in the nests in September, which indicates that mating flights are in late summer (August-September).
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- orthostyla. Myrmica orthostyla Arnol'di, 1976a: 552, fig, 8 (w.q.m.) KYRGYZSTAN. See also: Tarbinsky, 1976: 27; See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 210.
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Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - the name is a combination of the Greek words orthos = straight and stylos = pillar or pole, to describe the straight stick or pole-like propodeal spines.
- Arnol'di, K. V. 1976a. Ants of the genus Myrmica Latr. from Central Asia and the southern Kazakstan. Zool. Zh. 55: 547-558 PDF
- Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.
- Tarbinsky, Y. S. 1976. The ants of Kirghizia. Frunze: Ilim, 217 pp. (page 27, see also)