Many more anmals self-medicate than was previously supposed.  Wood ants incorporate an antimicrobial resin from conifer trees into their nests, preventing microbial growth in the colony

Wood ants heat their nests using collective body heat from large groups.

Animal Architects-. European Red Wood Ants  The European Red Wood Ants build their anthills in huge mounds on forest floors. The colony will often build several mounds, interconnected with the main hill, and would move to the adjacent mounds if the main one is damaged beyond repair.

Animal Architects/ European Red Wood Ants: Build their anthills in huge mounds on forest floors. The colony will often build several mounds, interconnected with the main hill, and would move to the adjacent mounds if the main one is damaged beyond repair.

Wood ant

Wood ant

“Each bottle of Anty Gin will contain the essence of approximately sixty-two wood ants. "

Anty Gin

Anty bottleUK-based drinks company The Cambridge Distillery has partnered with the Nordic Food Lab to create a gin that is infused with the chemical pheromones of red wood ants.

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When large wood ants swarm on the warmest summer days the trout go on a feeding frenzy.

wood ant, Formica rufa, worker | by David_W_1971

The lack of hairs on the head & eyes separate this from other Formica species.

#Forestfrenzy #bohobirthdaybash #birthdayparty ideas trees, greens, woods, ants on a log

#Forestfrenzy #bohobirthdaybash #birthdayparty ideas trees, greens, woods, ants on a log

How to kill and get rid of carpenter ants and wood ants

Carpenter Ants, How To Kill and Get Rid of Carpenter Ants and Wood Ants in homes and structures

Wood Ant

Ants belong to the same insect group as wasps and bees, and like them they have a narrow waist. There are more than species of ant, and all kinds live.

A Four spotted leaf beetle - Clytra 4-punctata (Chrysomelidae) | Not a beetle that I see all that often. I think the only other time I have found one was at Blean Woods Canterbury, about 4 or 5 years ago.  The larvae are scavengers in the nests of wood ants, of which there are plenty locally.

A Four spotted leaf beetle - Clytra 4-punctata (Chrysomelidae) | Not a beetle that I see all that often. I think the only other time I have found one was at Blean Woods Canterbury, about 4 or 5 years ago. The larvae are scavengers in the nests of wood ants, of which there are plenty locally.

The amazing spectacle of a colony of red wood ants detering aerial predators by squirting formic acid in defence of their nest has been captured by wildlife photographer Paul Quagliana.

These Ants Firing Acid Into The Air Is The Most Incredible Thing You’ll See Today

School Teaching Display Anthill of the Red Wood Ant Showcase | 1stdibs.com

School Teaching Display Anthill of the Red Wood Ant Showcase

School Teaching Display Anthill of the Red Wood Ant Showcase | 1stdibs.com

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