In Britain, the Scottish wood ant is found in the Highlands, Skye and Arran, but also in Armagh in Northern Ireland. It is also found in Europe. They are carnivorous, and prey on many insects that eat pine needles, thus the ants help to keep their pine wood habitat healthy.
Scientific name: Formica aquilonia
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 1996
Classified by: IUCN 2.3