A black wood ant on an oak leaf.
No interactions present.
I was thinking of collecting spores in order to introduce them to nests of black common ants that get into the kitchen and spread aphids in the garden as a biological solution. Better for the environment than the white spirit i use at the moment.
I have tried the bates and found the only other solution was to dig the nest in the spring (if i can get at it) and "butter them" with greenfly killer and then powder them with ant powder like tar and feathers. The ant powder works on wasp nests as the wing action distributes it into the nest.
I'm the wrong person to ask, as I would try to encourage them to reach an ecological balance.
I was hoping that others would see my comments.
It may well be worth submitting the observation again in fungi for the fungus that is in it as well.
Lat/Lng: 51.3676, 0.0181
OS grid ref: TQ405651