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24 June 2019

We think we might have found the UK's largest wood ant nest! This impressive nest of Hairy wood ants (Formica lugubris) was found by Vivian Dutton at Dundreggan and measured 4.5 metres in diameter.

18 January 2019

Not a new paper, but an interesting one: wood ants as alchemists! By adding formic acid to tree resin, wood ants increase the antibacterial properties of the resin. A study by Brütsch et al. in Ecology and Evolution.

7 January 2019

Some great pictures of Narrow-headed ants taken as part of the Back from the Brink project. Find out more about this project by volunteering to help with habitat creation on 30 January. Click here for more details.