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scientific name    Myrmica incompleta    

habitat
Usually found in moist areas, in sparsely treed or open areas. Nests are commonly found under dead wood, rocks and even in gardens under foot blocks (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). Most localities that these ants are found in are in the mixed forest, grassland, and urban areas.

seasonality
Found foraging from late May until late September or early October, but are dependent on local temperatures, and become active in their nest by around late March.

identification
The workers are between ~4.5-5.3 mm, with a dark brown-red to black-red head and gaster, with a lighter coloured thorax. The frontal carina has a thick angular lobe that is deflected towards the head. Antennae are only slightly bent and are made up of twelve segments.

life history
Not a lot known. Nuptial flights occur in late August. Larvae are naked with no pupal coccoon.

conservation
Not of concern.

diet info
Omnivorous, but rely heavily on coccids and aphids farmed on grass roots.

range
Found through most of Alberta in moist areas, but have not been found in North Eastern Alberta (Sharplin, 1966). Probably one of the most widespread Myrmica species and is found across North America (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).

notes
Was previously known as Myrmica brevinodis but Myrmica incompleta is the senior synonym.

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=38649



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