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I nidi di Formica Rufa

I nidi di Formica Rufa

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  • Pietro Valdinoci

    The Formica rufa is a social insect and the colonies, even composed of half a million individuals, build large nests by accumulating the needles of conifers.
    The insect is native to the Alps where it lives in larch forests. Around the 1970s it was thought to introduce it in the new reforestation of conifers. Indeed, Formica Rufa is a predatory insect that feeds on other insects, many of which are harmful and pathogenic to plants.
    Walking through the fir trees of the Casentinesi Forest National Park, Monte Falterona and Campigna it is therefore not difficult to come across the characteristic nests formed by the accumulation of needles and twigs. However, it is better not to get too close, because some ants with their characteristic rusty red color may start to climb onto our clothes and spray us with formic acid, with a very pungent and penetrating smell.

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    • August 30, 2020

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Location: Santa Sofia, Forlì-Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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