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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WANT YOUR YOU TUBE ANT VIDEO TO APPEAR HERE?
This awesome 28 minute clip belonging to Karel.S shows a time lapse of a Lasius niger colony from it’s start when it consisted of a single queen right up to it being a well established colony. Very interesting.
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.
4 February 2015, Wednesday
I have had an eventful few weeks with, unfortunately, my father passing away last week and the attendance of the subsequent funeral yesterday. :(
I have fixed a broken link on the Species of Ant page where the link to the species identification guide was not working. Thank you Jason Burton for pointing that out to me.
Each month I will put a picture here of an ant with a little bit of information about it.
This species ranges throughout Central Europe from the mountains of south Italy to north Germany. It is present in coastal areas of Southern England and on the islands of Gotland and Öland in Sweden. They are found principally on dry heath land, exposed to the sun
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The Bug Forum -My friend Dermy runs a forum for all insects, including ants, with dermestids being his speciality.
Ant Hill World- A forum run by ant keepers for ant keepers, of which I am a member.
Antstore -Live ants, ant farms and food. Located in Germany but ship to Europe.
AntsUK -Live ants, ant farms and food. Located in the UK but ship to Europe.
2 November 2014, Sunday
Also added new page to this forum to advertise my buddy’s Bug Forum where you can post about all sorts of bugs and creatures such as dermestids, bees, wasps, salamanders, slugs, isopods and, of course, ants, among other creatures. Please do go visit it and join as I’d like to see this forum, of which I am a member, do well. Thank you. (Click on the TBF FORUM tab).
The workers are agile, and are usually only seen when the sun is shining, and the species can easily be distinguished from superficially similar species (e.g. Lasius niger) by its tendency to hold its gaster almost vertically when moving. Colonies are usually small, although larger colonies occasionally occur. Colonies are polygynous and have been recorded to contain up to 40 deälated females. Nests are shallow and small solaria often feature in nest structure to concentrate solar heat onto the ants' brood.
Nuptial flights take place in June, although they may be postponed during colder years to July.