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Ant Hump

Observed: 7th October 2011 By: ch7343
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
ch7343’s reputation in Invertebrates
Hump
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Description:

This hump seems to get bigger each year. I shall measure it against the gravestone next time I visit

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Comments

KelsaeJohn's picture

Hump

I have never known of an active mole hill to have grass growing on it. I suspect this is more likely to be an ant's nest - but I wouldn't put money on it!

ch7343's picture

ants?

I will check this summer, thank you everyone. Celia

John Bratton's picture

If you just scratch the

If you just scratch the surface where the soil is loose and recent on a sunny day, yellow-brown ants should rush out to repel you and fix the damage.

The grass on it is rather long. They build the mound to catch the sun, so it would benefit from a short back and sides with some kitchen scissors.

If you lay a flat stone on top to catch the sun and act like a storage heater, they will tend to cluster underneath it. It gives you a non-damaging way of demonstrating the occupants.

the naturalist man's picture

Ant hill

I'm certain this is an ant hill, I suggest you move it to the invertebrate section of iSpot they may be able to tell you which species based on the area.

Graham Banwell

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