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Narrow-headed ant

The complex life of a Narrow-Headed Ant

We are now within the field season for ant observations, where each new discovery is prompting lots of new questions. We already knew that aphid honeydew is an important dietary component for ants, equal to an ‘ant energy drink’.   We expected Oak, Birch and Gorse aphid farms, with the occasional caterpillar or spider scavenged […]

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Update from the Narrow-headed Ant

We are now within the field season for ant observations, where each new discovery is prompting lots of new questions. We already knew that aphid honeydew is an important dietary component for ants, equal to an ‘ant energy drink’.   We expected Oak, Birch and Gorse aphid farms, with the occasional caterpillar or spider scavenged […]

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Introducing the Narrow-headed Ant

I’ve come to see a thatched dwelling in Devon. There are plenty of those in the county, but not like this one. I’m nowhere near to a village scene from a chocolate box or tea towel; instead, I’m sitting among gorse and Purple Moor Grass on a patch of rugged heathland.

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