Myrmica vandeli is a rare red ant only recently added to the British list (Elmes et al., 2003). Workers are very similar to M. scabrinodis Nylander and have very similar characteristics. Males have long antennal scapes like those of M. sabuleti Meinert. It is best separated by examining males and workers collected from the same nest. It was first found in Britain in a nest of apparent M. scabrinodis that had males of apparent M. sabuleti.
It is known from just a few records from southern England and South Wales.
Found in central Europe also the Pyrenees, southern Finland and the Balkans.