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Narrow-headed ant

The complex life of a Narrow-Headed Ant

The fact is we know next to nothing. Now is the field season and chance for ant observations, yet each new discovery prompts more questions, as on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, pushing back the boundaries of ignorance. We knew aphid honeydew was an important dietary component (an ant energy drink) and expected oak, birch, and gorse […]

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Update from the Narrow-headed Ant

The fact is we know next to nothing. Now is the field season and chance for ant observations, yet each new discovery prompts more questions, as on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, pushing back the boundaries of ignorance. We knew aphid honeydew was an important dietary component (an ant energy drink) and expected oak, birch, and gorse […]

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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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