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Wood ants (Formica rufa). The large nest mounds of wood ants are a familiar sight for many people. Composed of vegetation fragments collected by the ants, there may be up to 400,000 individuals in each nest. Where the species is present in large numbers it can have a significant influence on the ecology of its woodland habitat. The ants are major predators and scavengers of woodland insects and feed extensively on aphid honeydew.