Thursday, 20 October 2011

Wood Ants (Formica rufa L)

After watching Ray Mears in the Highland forests last Friday, his mention of Wood Ants prompted me to post these images from earlier this year.

This first picture shows a typical nest composed mainly of pine needles and is about a metre across.

 Next is a much smaller nest, about the size of a football showing the holes the ants open up for ventilation and access.


Lastly a close up of workers clustered around one of the entrances through which they enter the nest with whatever they've plundered from the surrounding area.


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