Wheeler, W.M., 1913
This species nests under stones and logs, usually in exposed areas. Nests are occasionally small mounds in the soil. Nest populations are small, and these ants are timid. (Mackay and Mackay 2002)
Mackay and Mackay (2002) - The pronotum has fewer than 10 erect hairs (often none), and all surfaces are smooth and glossy. The scape is without erect hairs (except at the apex).
United States: Montana and North Dakota, south to California and east to New Mexico.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
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In New Mexico (Mackay and Mackay 2002) - Meadows and grasslands through sagebrush, pinyon-juniper, ponderosa pine-riparian, grassy areas up to the tree line.
For New Mexico (Mackay and Mackay 2002) - Brood was found in nests in August. One nest was found within a cave, 80 ft from the entrance. Workers are attracted to baits (grape jelly, tuna).
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- limata. Formica (Proformica) limata Wheeler, W.M. 1913f: 541 (w.) U.S.A.
- Mackay, W. P. and E. Mackay. 2002. The ants of New Mexico (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY.
- Wheeler, G. C. and J. Wheeler. 1986. The ants of Nevada. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles.
- Wheeler, W. M. 1913i. A revision of the ants of the genus Formica (Linné) Mayr. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 53: 379-565 (page 541, worker described)