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scientific name    Formica puberula    

habitat
Found consistently at higher elevations in both forest and grassland habitats in stony soils (Creighton, 1950).

seasonality
Found through May to September.

identification
Workers are ~5.0-7.0 mm in length, have a dark red head, reddish-brown thorax and dark brown gaster (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). Hairs on the gaster are noticeably longer then on the rest of the body and pubescence on scape is numerous and suberect (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).

life history
A facultative slave making ant of numerous fusca group Formica species (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). Not much else has been reported.

conservation
Not of concern.

diet info
Omnivorous but are also above ground aphid farmers.

range
Manitoba to British Columbia south to New Mexico (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). In Alberta only one location near Gorge Creek has yielded this species (Sharplin, 1966).

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=38670



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