Post by TenebrousNova on May 14, 2019 17:42:23 GMT
Today I went up to visit Wood and Jenny, and they took me to visit some Formica rufa nests, as I had never seen this species before. I was not disappointed! The mounds are enormous and great foraging trails stretch many meters away from them. Step anywhere near them and you'll have angry ants running up your trousers and into your shoes in no time. Like the veteran ant hunter that he is, Wood forged through thickets of prickly gorse to reach a few of the mounds, getting attacked quite a bit by the wood ants in the process. I also got to see firsthand their ability to spray formic acid (And the smell of it was unpleasant).
Here are the photos I took.
We didn't see any alates on the mounds, but I was still very impressed! Hope you enjoyed.
Your photos have come out great we had a good afternoon tracking through gorse to see the mounds. Each year they tend to change, and rebuild sometimes in different places, you can never be sure how many you will find or how big. Some video will follow later....
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