|scientific name Myrmica brevispinosa |
Found most frequently along shorelines of permanent bodies of water and streams, but have been found in forested areas as well.
Found foraging from May until late September or early October, but is dependent on local temperatures, and become active in their nest by around late March.
The most distinctive feature that separates M. brevinspinosa from M. incomplete is the shape of the frontal carina, which is rounded, thin and strongly elevated (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). Workers are ~3.2-5.0 mm in length, with dark red heads and gasters with a yellowish thorax (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).
As with most Myrmica species the life history of this ant is not well documented. It has nuptial flights in late August early September and its larvae do not form pupae.
Not of concern.
Omnivorous and farm aphids on grass stems.
Found through out most of North America and Alberta.
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