Entomology Collection TitleImage Bugs Pinned
Species Page - Formica obscuripes
species list search results ->Formica obscuripes ->species page

E-mail this Page   
Print this Page   
Link to this Page   

scientific name    Formica obscuripes    

habitat
Nest in grasslands devoid of cover (Creighton, 1950).

seasonality
Found through May to September.

identification
Workers are ~3.2-7.5 mm in length, with dark brown head, dark reddish brown thorax and black abdomen (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). Erect hairs are present on the hind tibia and cover all surfaces, the erect hairs on the thorax are unequal and cephalic hairs are just slightly less abundant as on the thorax (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).

life history
Not well known, are thought to be temporary social parasites on other Formica rufu group species.

conservation
Not of concern.

diet info
Omnivorous, but predate heavily on insects; will also farm aphids.

range
As far south as Colorado, east to Wisconsin and north to northern British Columbia (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). In Alberta are found in the prairie regions (Sharplin, 1966).

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=38609



Comments (0)Add New Comment

Comments are published according to our submission guidelines. The EH Strickland Entomological Museum does not necessarily endorse the views expressed.

Add New Comment (all fields are required)
Validation:

Related Species Info
Authorship
Display Hierarchy
Specimen Info
There are 2 specimens of this species in the online database
Map Distribution
Adult Seasonal Distributioncreate a collection histogram with specimens
Specimen List (2)

 

Logo Department of Museums and Collections ServicesLogo University of Alberta