25 Aug 2012

Ants to be tagged

5:46 am on 25 August 2012

Scientists in Britain are planning a tagging project to investigate the behaviour of the country's largest ant.

A team from the University of York will fit tiny radio tags to 1000 northern hairy wood ants. The project will be the first attempt to track the movement of the creatures in the wild.

It will take place on the National Trust's Longshaw Estate in Derbyshire where there more than 1000 nests with an estimated 50 million worker hairy ants.

The tagging is to get underway during the summer of 2013 and take three years.

Sam Ellis from the university said the study would help answer questions about how the ants organise themselves.