|scientific name Formica puberula |
Found consistently at higher elevations in both forest and grassland habitats in stony soils (Creighton, 1950).
Found through May to September.
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).
A facultative slave making ant of numerous fusca group Formica species (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). Not much else has been reported.
Not of concern.
Omnivorous but are also above ground aphid farmers.
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).
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