|scientific name Formica rubicunda |
Favors open-forest areas (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1973).
Found through May to September.
Workers are ~5.0-7.0 mm in length, have distinct yellow red head and thorax with a brown gaster that darkens distally (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). Hairs on the gaster are noticeably longer then on the rest of the body, scapes lack erect pubescence, and the petiolar scale has a sharp apex that is notched (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).
A facultative slave making ant of numerous fusca group Formica species but will also nest without slaves (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). Not much else has been reported.
Not of concern.
Omnivorous, but are common insect predators.
Found across North America from New Foundland to Alberta south to Colorado and New England (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).
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