Adaptations of Coccinella magnifi ca, a myrmecophilous coccinellid to aggression by wood ants
(Formica rufa group).
Ray studies a wood ant
nest with insect ecologist Dr Mark Young CAST.
But we are tweaking our plans to ensure that the wood ant
nests continue to thrive.
Once you forget your prejudices, you realise what a noble beast a wood ant
really is, being up to a centimetre long with black and red markings.
colonies are often home to half a million insects and the nests are carefully maintained by workers.
ONE of Britain's most northern colonies of rare Red Wood Ants
has been discovered in a Mid Wales woodland.
The northern wood ant
( Formica lugubris ( is Britain's biggest and has become so rare that it merits its own species action plan.
Temperature regulation in nest of the wood ant
, Formica polyctena (Hymenoptera, Formicidae).
The Forestry Commission is helping the northern hairy wood ant
( the UK's largest ( bask in its place in the sun by tweaking the management of the 5,000-acre Hamsterley Forest, near Bishop Auckland in County Durham.
Focusing on "nature, memory, place" and strongly influenced by Noma (the Copenhagen restaurant that has repeatedly been named the world's best), Nomad is bringing a daring menu to Birmingham and adventurous foodies will be tickled by wood ants
and reindeer moss being dished up in a hidden suburban cafe.
What appears to be a heap of earth and sticks at the foot of an old tree trunk is actually a vibrant nest of more than 100,000 wood ants
, serving queen and colony in hundreds of ways: from garbage disposal, security and nursery duty to hunting bumblebees, wasps and ladybirds.
Mound-building red wood ants
(Formica rufa-group species) prey on a wide range of insects.
Indeed the partnership has been a driving force behind projects such as the regeneration of Beaumont Park, the extension of Upper Park Wood, Honley and the conservation of endangered wood ants
at Upper Dearne Woodlands.
incorporate an antimicrobial resin from conifer trees into their nests, preventing microbial growth in the colony.
The research team reached its conclusion after studying European red wood ants
for three years; the specific focus was on ants that built colonies along active fault lines in Germany.