Myrmica scabrinodis Nylander, 1846

Description and notes

Myrmica scabrinodis is a common red ant found in many habitats. It could be confused with a number of other Myrmica ants. Examination of the base of the scapes is required to separate it from other Myrmica.

Distribution

Found throughout the British Isles. The apparent sparsity of records for Ireland is most likely due to under recording.

Found throughout Europe.

Status (in Britain only)

This species is not regarded as scarce or threatened.

Identification

Habitat

Found in many habitats but rarely in woods, very dry grasslands or around human habitations. High nest densities can be found in boggy areas.

Flight period

July to September.

Foraging behaviour

Feeds on small arthropods. Also thought to steal and eat brood from other ants in particular Lasius flavus (Fabricius).

Nesting biology

Nests are in soil, under stones, or in grass tussocks and sometimes in the sides of Lasius flavus mounds.

Author of profile

M G Fox

Year profile last updated

2019