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scientific name    Formica rubicunda    

habitat
Favors open-forest areas (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1973).

seasonality
Found through May to September.

identification
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).

life history
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.

conservation
Not of concern.

diet info
Omnivorous, but are common insect predators.

range
Found across North America from New Foundland to Alberta south to Colorado and New England (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=38671



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