Yellow meadow ants on the Bath Skyline
Ever noticed groups of large mounds on the Bath Skyline as you've walked by? These hummocks are actually the anthills of ancient yellow meadow ants.
Yellow meadow ant facts
Because they live mainly underground 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. They are widespread throughout Europe.