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Important features that distinguish Myrmica ruginodis from Myrmica rubra are the gentle curve at the base of the antenna (not distinctly angled) and the length of pair of spines projecting from the rear of the main part of the thorax. In Myrmica rugodinis these spines are relatively long - as long as the distance between their tips.
Woodland and other sheltered sites.
Mating flights July and August.
Forms nests in tree trunks and rotting wood, under stones etc.
Myrmica ruginodis is one of the most common of the Myrmica, occurring throughout Britain and especially in the north.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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