Richard Becker

Wildlife & Conservation Photography

Lasius platythorax workers attacking a Formica sanguinea worker.

In June 2017 I stopped at Iping Common, West Sussex with the intention of photographing Silver-studded Blue butterflies (Plebejus argus). But I also payed a visit to a colony of the slave-making ant Formica sanguinea which live in a small Aculeate-friendly sand quarry at the edge of the common. As

Oakwood in Winter 1

Some winter woodland photos taken after a recent heavy snowfall, while the light was reasonable and before the snow fell off the trees.

Tetramorium

Workers tending larvae in a nest. This photo was taken in France so although I can identify them as one of the Tetramorium caespitum group identifying the actual species is beyond me.

Myrmica sulcinodis

A scarce species of dry heaths. This worker was at the Bog Mine in Shropshire, a site that seems to have a diverse ant fauna.

Lasius platythorax

Almost identical to L. niger, but with different ecological requirements. This is one from a nest in a rotten log, which led me to suspect this species, confirmed later by looking at some specimens under a microscope.

Formica rufa

A worker of this wood ant species feeding on nectar in a celandine flower.

Formica picea

The black bog ant. A worker of this scarce species on heather at Cors Goch, one of it's two Welsh localities.