wood ant

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wood ant

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(Animals) a reddish-brown European ant, Formica rufa, typically living in anthills in woodlands
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Noun1.wood ant - reddish-brown European ant typically living in anthills in woodlandswood ant - reddish-brown European ant typically living in anthills in woodlands
ant, emmet, pismire - social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers
genus Formica, Formica - type genus of the Formicidae
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Separation of broods into sexual or worker cohorts is distinctly present in most temporarily parasitic species of the Formica rufa group, but broods overlap in species of the exsecta group and the sanguinea group (Pamilo and Rosengren, 1983).