Wood Ant (24 images)
The southern wood ant, Formica rufa rufa, is one of the most charismatic species of hymenoptera present in the UK. After their emergence from dormancy in spring they display a range of notable behaviours. These ants build nests in large mounds of twigs, live in polygamous societies and have an enormous impact on their habitat. They catch large prey, farm aphids, collect pine resin for its use in fumigating their nest, feed on nectar from plants and for a few days each year there is the...