Ants

Slave raids on the Welsh Border

The Slave-making ant Formica sanguinea has a strange distribution in Britain. Common in parts of southern England and central Scotland the only other locations are a few sites scattered in the counties along the Welsh/English border.Formica sanguinea worker (feeding on dried mango). Nash Wood.Looking for a different

Ant Nest

Part of my observation nest of Myrmica rubra in a commmercial acrylic nest chamber. This photo shows the queen and all life stages: eggs, newly hatched larvae, older larvae, pupae, newly eclosed workers, and older workers. Unusual because normally different life stages are distributed around different parts of the nest.

Tetramorium

Workers tending larvae in a nest. This photo was taken in France so although I can identify them as one of the Tetramorium caespitum group identifying the actual species is beyond me.

Myrmica sulcinodis

A scarce species of dry heaths. This worker was at the Bog Mine in Shropshire, a site that seems to have a diverse ant fauna.