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27th of August 2017

27th of August 2017
One of the anthills in the national park. These are of the species Formica Rufa, which is rather common in Finland. Under the hill structure their nest also has an underground tunnel network. They have an air conditioning and temperature regulation system in the nest. In addition to foraging and scavenging food Formica Rufa ants are known to systematically milk aphids for honeydew. In woodland ecosystem they play a key role as the keep pest insect populations in check.
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I second that, exceptionally beautiful photo! :)

Thanks for the comments! When I took this picture I was only thinking about about adding a description about Formica Rufa ants. I never thought about the visual composition or aesthetic quality of the picture =)

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