Wood Ants

Wendy Carter has sent these excellent photographs of Wood Ant (Formica rufa) workers carrying smaller live ants. Although this has been documented before, it is not clear why this behaviour occurs. The ant being carried is not struggling, so presumably it is not objecting to a lift back to the nest!

Wood Ant carrying another, Ribbesford Wood, 10 April 2016 ©Wendy Carter

Wood Ant carrying another live ant, Ribbesford Wood, 11 April 2016 ©Wendy Carter

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