Exhibition “ANTS”
Exhibition “ANTS”


Anting or ant bathing is the process whereby birds use ants as a treatment for parasites – by letting them crawl on their bodies or by rubbing their feathers with ants to extract formic acid.

Eurasian jay Garrulus glandarius

Wild Boar Sus scrofa

They like to wallow in the nests of wood ants to get rid of parasites. In winter, they tend to use their nests as bedding sites. Ants are also used as food.

Brown Bear Ursus arctos

Ants are also a part of the bear’s diet – at all stages of development. On average, a bear eats four to five thousand individuals from an ant nest at a time.

European Badger Meles meles

They dig up nests, searching for and eating various inhabitants of the nest.

Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla

During the nesting season, approximately half of the food consumed by them is ant pupae and adult insects.

European Green Woodpecker Picus viridis

Their principal food is ants, which are picked up from the surface of the soil or ant nests. It is estimated that it takes around 1.5 million ants and their pupae to produce one brood.

Insectivores, reptiles and amphibians

Ants are not their main food, however, no member of this group will pass on the opportunity to eat an ant.

Pygmy Shrew Sorex minutus

Common Shrew Sorex araneus

White-breasted Hedgehog Erinaceus concolor

European Mole Talpa europaea

Viviparous Lizard Zootoca vivipara

Common Toad Bufo bufo