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scientific name    Formica obtusipilosa    

habitat
Prefer dry open prairies and badlands (Sharplin, 1966, and Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).

seasonality
Found through May to September.

identification
Workers are ~3.5-7.0 mm in length, and have a dark red head and thorax with a moderately shiny gaster (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). Clypeus has a median notch that is the trait of the sanguinea group of Formica. Dorsum of thorax has erect hairs and gaster is covered in long, erect silver hairs (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).

life history
Are facultative slave making ants and readily raid Formica neogates nests for brood.

conservation
Not of concern.

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

range
Restricted to the interior west of North America, from southern Alberta to New Mexico, right up to the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains and east to North Dakota (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=38611



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