In a small clearing near oak forest.
No interactions present.
Thanks, Murdo, that is very good to know because I saw Clytra 4-punctata very near by. http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/273394
(the larvae of this beetle being parasites in F. rufa nests, I understand)
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Thanks, Phil. Could this species be host to Clytra 4-punctata?
I don't think the thatch of the nest helps us much towards a species. Wood-ants make use of the materials around them, and nests under Birch are quite unlike those under Pine (this one is near Oak). I know of F. lugubris nests that are entirely covered in gravel from the adjacent forest track.
The size and shape is also very variable, and the textbook distinction between aquilonia, lugubris and exsecta nests (not a wood-ant, but has thatched mounds) only applies at the extremes.
Clytra will use all of the F. rufa group, including pratensis.
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