Red Ant

Myrmica rubra

About

The Red Ant is commonly found under stones and logs in the garden and also likes soil and lawns. It is active throughout the year, but winged adults swarm in late summer during hot and humid weather; these flying ants mate and eventually disperse to form new colonies.

How to identify

Turn over large stones or paving slabs in the garden and you are likely to find a colony of Red Ants. Living up to their name, they have reddish-brown bodies

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • Novermber
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

Many of our commonly overlooked insects are actually important pest controllers in the garden. Minibeasts can be encouraged by the provision of logs, stone piles and compost heaps for them to hide, feed and breed in. In turn, other species will be attracted to the garden, as minibeasts are a food source for many animals, including mammals, birds and amphibians, providing a vital link in the food chain. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Red Ant
Latin name
Myrmica rubra
Category
Invertebrates
Bees and wasps
Statistics
Length: 4mm
Conservation status
Common.