Lesnes ant identified as Temnothorax nylanderi

Some very small ants, spotted on July 26th making their way up a stunted Oak tree on the Lesnes Abbey Woods heathland, have been formally confirmed as Temnothorax nylanderi by Ant recorder Mike Fox of the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society.

A worker Temnothorax nylanderi ant, foraging solo as is typical of the species, on an Oak tree on Lesnes Abbey Woods heathland. (Photo: Mick Massie)

A worker Temnothorax nylanderi ant, foraging solo as is typical of the species, on an Oak tree on Lesnes Abbey Woods heathland. (Photo: Mick Massie)

According to London Natural History Society’s Mick Massie ‘It is not terribly rare in the south east, but is not often seen or photographed.’ Mick’s photo is being used to illustrate the species on the BWARS website, where the information about it can be seen here:

http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=ant/formicidae/dolichoderinae/temnothorax-nylanderi

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