Hypoponera punctatissima (Rogers, 1859) 
The discovery of this very small, rather elongate ant in Nottinghamshire, came very much as a surprise after a small colony was found by Adrian Dutton at the top of a large woodchip pile at Sherwood Forest CP in early June 2023. The precise ID was uncertain at the time of discovery, but specimens were taken the next day and it proved to be Hypoponera punctatissima and obviously a new species for Nottinghamshire. Adrian then recorded it again from a woodchip pile at Centre Parcs, later in the year.

Often recorded from greenhouses and heated buildings, there are a number of records of nests having been recorded outdoors from up and down the UK and the location of this nest would fit such conditions provided by heated greenhouses and buildings etc. So the damp, humid conditions and heat generated from within the woodchip pile, would likely be enough to ensure a nest could survive winter temperatures.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Hypoponera punctatissima  
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Adrian Dutton. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. 

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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