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Ant carrying a lead weight

Indigenous wood ants

Three species of wood ants are still indigenous to the area Limburg-Weilburg in Germany. These can not be distinguished by size, shape, or nest building materials but only by the bristles on the heads and backs of their worker ants. These differences are only visible if magnified 20-30 times.

Formica polyctena

Formica polyctena

Formica rufa

Formica rufa

Formica pratensis

Formica pratensis