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Ant societies are centred upon a complex nest that arises after the mated queen has established a small starter nest beneath the soil. The nests are generally found under stones, fallen branches or in tree stumps and hollow trees. The queen rears the first brood of larvae within the nest, feeding them on saliva. These larvae mature and then pupate to form the first cohort of worker ants. While she is rearing the first batch of larvae, the queen uses the reserves from her flight muscles ect as food. The colony then grows rapidly with the queen laying eggs, these being traded and fed by the workers.
Red ants are carnivorous, feeding on other ants, and small insects in general. The red ants also tend groups of aphids from which they “milk” the honey-
The red ant can pose a real problem as a nuisance pest. Foraging workers are frequently found in domestic and industrial premises searching out sugary food sources. The mating swarms can also be short-
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Males and queens are produced at certain times of the year and these are the winged individuals that are common on thundery days in summer. The workers of myrmica are about 3.5-
In common with other ant species, there are a number of different castes comprising a complicated community within the ant’s nest. The workers are the most common caste and the ones that are most likely to be seen by the pest controller, particularly in houses with gardens and generally in the countryside rather than urban habitat.