Horse ant (Formica rufa) on a pine twig. The worker is defending an aphid that can be seen below her.
Contributor:Antje Schulte - Ant Life / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5119 x 3413 px | 43.3 x 28.9 cm | 17.1 x 11.4 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:10 July 2009
Location:Eckental, Bavaria, Germany
These horse ants are most likely Formica rufa, but which species exactly they belong to is impossible to tell just by judging one individuum - Formica polyctena looks very similar and unfortunately also forms hybrid colonies. These are, however, definitely ants of the Formica rufa group of ant species.