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

Tags:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: