Ferda Mravenec

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Drawing with Ferda Mravenec on the playground

Ferda Mravenec (means "Ferdinand the Ant", translated as Ferdy/Ferdi outside of the Czech Republic and Slovakia) is a Czech literary and comics character, an anthropomorphic ant created by Ondřej Sekora, who both wrote and illustrated the stories.[1][2] It was first published in 1933 in the Lidové noviny (folk news) newspaper.[3] The character appeared in many Czech children books.

The biggest book about Ferda is Knížka Ferdy Mravence (book of Ferdinand the Ant), which unites three previous books: Ferda Mravenec (1936), Ferda Mravenec v cizích službách (1937, Ferdinand the Ant in foreign services) and Ferda v mraveništi (1938, Ferdinand in the anthill). Many smaller books about Ferda were published along with an animated TV series which premiered in 1984.


  1. ^ Cílek, Václav (1 September 2009). "There Goes the Neighbourhood". Respekt. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  2. ^ Lochhead, Guy (6 December 2010). "Ondřej Sekora". The British Whybrary. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Před 80 lety se narodil Ferda Mravenec. Na stránkach LN". Lidové noviny (in Czech). lidovky.cz. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2014.