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scientific name    Formica lasioides    

habitat
Found in a variety of habitats, wooded areas, grasslands and even dunes. The most influential factor in the presence of this ant is if the soil substrate is dry (Wheeler ad Wheeler, 1963).

seasonality
Found through May to September.

identification
Workers are ~2.5-5.5 mm in length and have a reddish-black color head and abdomen with a yellower thorax (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). The scapes are 1.25x longer then their head and bear erect whitish hairs (Creighton, 1950).

life history
Colonies are polygynous and can be made up of tens of thousands of workers (Cover and Fisher, 2007). Not much else is known.

conservation
Not of concern.

diet info
Omnivorous but are also above ground aphid farmers.

range
Ranges across most of western North America, (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=38604



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