Yellow meadow ants on Denbies Hillside
The yellow meadow ant is not particular on where it builds its nest. It is often found in damp meadows, on woodland edges, grassy ditches, on the banks of streams or in dry fields, vineyards and gardens. It only avoids dark woods.
On the Hillside
Yellow meadow ant facts
- Yellow meadow ants live mainly underground so their eye sight is very weak
- They hunt and move by smell
- Their main food is honeydew, a sugar-rich sticky liquid, which is secreted by aphids living on the grass roots. Occasionally they take animal food-insects
- The workers are pale yellow, the females are brown and the males are brownish black
- They are not aggressive
- If their nests are attacked they normally withdraw into the safety of anthill’s underground chambers
- If they do have to defend themselves they bite the victim’s skin and squirt a little formic acid from their abdomen into the wound.
- They are small and a fairly common species of subterranean ant and are widespread throughout Europe