Been doing some sampling grasses in the Peaks near Buxton the last three days and I've seen Myrmica sp. flying all three. Finally caught four dealate queens today, and, just as I was leaving, a Formica lemani queen ran across my path and I managed to snag her.
Saw a couple of L. niger queens yesterday too but didn't get a chance to check them out.
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Nice to hear Myrmica are flying up there, as I know the Peak District well and used to go to Buxton when I lived in Macclesfield. A good area for finding nests of Myrmica under the rocks in old limestone quarries.