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Wood ant empire
The large nest mounds of wood ants (Formica rufa) are a familiar sight for many people. Nests are built from fragments of vegetation and may house up to 400,000 individuals. Wood ants are major predators of other woodland insects and, where present in large numbers, can significantly impact the ecology of their woodland habitat. Wood ants also feed extensively on honeydew, which they 'farm' from aphids.