|scientific name Formica lasioides |
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).
Found through May to September.
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).
Colonies are polygynous and can be made up of tens of thousands of workers (Cover and Fisher, 2007). Not much else is known.
Not of concern.
Omnivorous but are also above ground aphid farmers.
Ranges across most of western North America, (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).
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