Present conservation status of red wood ants in north-western Belgium: Worse than previously, but not a lost cause

@article{Dekoninck2010PresentCS,
  title={Present conservation status of red wood ants in north-western Belgium: Worse than previously, but not a lost cause},
  author={W. Dekoninck and F. Hendrickx and P. Grootaert and J. Maelfait},
  journal={European Journal of Endocrinology},
  year={2010},
  volume={107},
  pages={209-218}
}
The number of colonies of red wood ants (Formica rufa group) in the north western part of Belgium has declined by more than half over the past 20 years. In the study area of 20 × 50 km there are currently only 36 colonies of two species of red wood ants (Formica rufa and F. polyctena). Both species form both monodomous and polydomous colonies. Monodomous F. rufa colonies occur in large areas of open woodland dominated by Pinus sylvestris. The other three types of red wood ant (F. rufa… Expand

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