Leptothorax acervorum (Fabricius, 1793)
A small red Ant which nests under bark, quite often within a small branch. Colonies are small in comparison to most other ants and they can sometimes be in very close proximity to nests of other (larger) species. This is a reasonably common species around Sherwood Forest, but is easily overlooked. A rough guide to identification, is that the head and abdomen are dark, giving this ant a two-toned appearance. The accompanying photographs were all taken at Sherwood Forest CP, with the upper left photograph also showing the queen, which in Leptothorax acervorum is only slightly larger than the workers.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Leptothorax acervorum
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records).

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Updated January 2024

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