New Wood Ants on Skye

Roger Cottis reports:

“We have discovered a new species for Skye and it resides in Sleat, which is significant in terms of the Scottish distribution.  There are two species of true wood ants in Scotland and now we have both in Skye, with the most common species the Scottish wood ant Formica aquilonia just to the north of Sleat in the Kinloch and Kyleakin Hills Special Area of Conservation (SAC).  Our new find is the other rarer, at least in West Highland, species Formica lugubris.  A single nest, there may be others in the area, was originally found in 1993 but not reported.”

Wood ants Sleat

Sleat wood ant F. lugubris nest


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