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Thank you for visiting my website.  The intention of this website is to tell you about ants; what they do, their nests, the mating cycles of the flying ants, what they eat, what species there are, and even how to keep them as pets.  I have tried to keep the information contained on this site as clear and concise as possible so that it does not get confusing or boring.  I am aware that a lot of schools and young children use this site as a reference.

The site is generally about species found in the UK as they are the ones I have had most experience with, though I am more than happy to answer questions about non-UK ants.

If you have any questions about ants, or about this website, or you wish to have a more in depth discussion or information about ants then please feel free to email buy clicking the Contact Myrm tab on the left side of this page. I do try to answer all emails as quickly as possible, but my job can keep me away for long periods of time.  You can see further information about how long it will take me to reply to you by going to the Contact Myrm page.

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21 September 2014

Updated Lasius niger and Lasius umbratus journals. Added picture of Shaun Gallagher’s Antworld and ytong set up.

Myrm's Ant Nest

Each month I will put a picture here of an ant with a little bit of information about it.

Lasius umbratus

These little yellow ants are interesting as their queens cannot start a colony on their own, instead the newly mated queen sneaks her way into an established Lasius niger nest and usurps their queen.  They are very similar in appearance to Lasius flavus but do not seem to be as light-sensitive as the flavus.  I have a colony of these with a blog you can read on the Myrms’ Pet Ants page.

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AntsUK - Live ants, ant farms and food. Located in the UK but ship to Europe.

Antstore - Live ants, ant farms and food.  Located in Germany but ship to Europe.

The Bug Forum - My friend Dermy runs a forum for all insects, with dermestids being his speciality.

Ant Hill World - A forum run by ant keepers for ant keepers, of which I am a member.


This You Tube clip belongs to “Wood” whose wife owns the Ant Hill forum of which I am a member.  He is a very experienced ant keeper and keeps many species himself.

If you’d like your You Tube ant video to appear here then email me the link.  I can’t guarantee that it will appear, especially if I get lots of requests.

25 October 2014, Saturday

Updated Lasius umbratus and Lasius niger 5 journals. See Myrm’s Pet Ants page.