Meet Myrmica ruginodis

Myrmica ruginodis

This is a fairly common red ant, and one which I tend to find in the grass verge out the front of my house when cutting it. The workers are 4-6mm  (around 1/4 inch) long. I found difficulty in identifying them specifically, but with help and due thanks to Mike Fox from BWARS for confirming Myrmica ruginodis.

Myrmica ruginodis

They are found in  various habitats including woodland, grasslands and gardens. Common and widespread throughout great Britain, and probably our most commonest ant.

Myrmica ruginodis


Myrmica ruginodis


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August 2017, front grass verge, Staffordshire, England.

23 thoughts on “Meet Myrmica ruginodis

    1. Thank you, Belinda 🙂 These ants have eluded my camera for quite some years as they just don’t keep still. But with a smear of strawberry jam and some coaxing I finally got their assistance 🙂

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  1. Hello Myrmica ruginodis, I think you and some of your friends bit me all over my ankles once, but I will forgive this as you are so beautifully detailed. If it wasn’t you, but other ants, I apologise now. 🙂

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      1. There was a bunch of us kids having a picnic by the river and being rather noisy and excited. Maybe we did disturb a nest, or maybe it was just another species. When I was 13 I just thought there were three types of ants: Black, red and brown wood ants!!!

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  2. Una Serie Preciosa… Siempre He Querido Sacar Fotografías A Las Hormigas Pero A Día De Hoy No Me Gustan Los Resultados… Un Saludo.

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