Formica fusca (Linnaeus, 1758)
A large black Ant, very similar to Formica lemani. It is common in Sherwood Forest, regularly found nesting under/in rotting logs and in tree stumps etc. Workers were photographed in January 2018 (top two photographs) early October 2008 (middle left) and March 2010 (middle right). The bottom two photographs show young queens immediately after the nuptial flight on Budby South Forest in early August 2009 (left) and in early 2010 (right)
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Formica fusca
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). David Shaw.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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