Wood ants heat their nests using collective body heat from large groups.

Edit Hook


"The surface of the nest of wood ants (Formica rufa) has numerous holes which serve as entrances and ventilation holes; at night and in cold weather the ants plug the holes to keep heat in. The workers also keep the slope of the nest at the right angle to obtain maximum amount of solar heat. The ants bring extra warmth into their nests as live heaters by basking in the sun in large numbers and taking the heat energy collected in their bodies into the nest." (Pallasmaa 1995:35)

Animal ArchitectureApril 22, 2014
Ingo Arndt

Edit References

Learn More about the living system/s

Southern Wood AntFormica rufaSpecies

Edit Living Systems