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Wordless Wednesday – Wild Cherry Blossom and Female Wood Ants

By Gardeningjules @Gardeningjules
Wild Cherry blossom (Prunus avium) and Wood Ants (Formica rufa)

Wild Cherry blossom (Prunus avium) and Wood Ants (Formica rufa) Maulden Woods, Bedfordshire

Wood Ants produce formic acid, which can be sprayed at prey, predators and humans too, long trousers, cycle clips and a hat are needed to get up close. Birds can encourage Wood Ants to spray the acid on their feathers to help control parasites.


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