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Myrm’s Ant Nest 2000-2014 © All Rights Reserved

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.

Current estimated time for replies: 24-48 hours (as at 8 Aug 14)

18 August 2014

Lasius umbratus and Lasius niger 5 colony journals updated.

Myrm's Ant Nest

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

Lasius niger

Lasius niger is perhaps one of the most commonly known ants in the UK, and is my favourite species of all ants.  A very hardy, active and harmless ant which makes it ideal for beginners and young children.  They eat a wide range of foods and will even keep aphids similar to the way we keep cows; milking them for a substance that the ants love. You can get up to about 30,000 ants in a mature colony, though half that is probably the more usual.  Their queens can live for 15 years or more. They are the naughtiest ants I have ever kept.

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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 Antboy888, one of my favourite ant clip authors.  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.


22 August 2014 - Happy birthday Andrew Pope

I have added 2 new pages (My Ant Photo Page) and updated the two current colony journals.