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_MG_1461

Observed: 24th September 2011 By: miked
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_MG_1461
Description:

series of these very large wood ant nests developed along the path in recent years. apparently bears may play an important role in disturbing/damaging the nests so they don't become too huge and overheat.

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I think the ants are

I think the ants are perfectly capable of controlling the conditions within their nest without the help of bears. After all, ants have been around for millions of years before bears and other mammals evolved. A large nest may in fact be more suitable in countries with colder climates - depending on the species.