Meadow ant – Formica pratensis – Common throughout Eurasia

Meadow ant – Formica pratensis – Common throughout Eurasia

Meadow ant – It is among the smallest ants: workers reach from 4 to 9 mm, queens and males can grow up to 11 mm. It is quite common throughout Eurasia, in the Alps it lives even at an altitude of about 2000 m above sea level, but lowland areas and gentle hills are more typical for them. This species of ants prefers open meadows, steppes, meadows, pastures, etc. 

It builds anthills with above-ground and underground parts. The above-ground part is made of larger materials, such as plant fragments, needles or clay. Anthills can be monogamous or polygamous, that is, with one queen or several.

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