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Wood ants - Studland Heath

Observed: 20th April 2013 By: Martin Harvey
Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
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Formica rufa - Studland Heath
Formica rufa - Studland Heath - cropped
Description:

Wood ants seem to be numerous on the heaths and to a lesser extent the dunes at Studland Heath, with some very busy nests seen. The unfortunate caterpillar in the second picture was being dragged backwards and forwards by its three captors, who could not seem to decide which way to go. I think the caterpillar might be of the Neglected Rustic moth, but not sure of that.
Recorded for the Cyril Diver project (http://www.facebook.com/CyrilDiverProject), as part of a field trip organised by the National Forum for Biological Recording (http://www.nfbr.org.uk/).

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    a wood ant (Formica rufa agg.)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
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Species interactions

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