| Formica nepticula|
Wheeler, W.M., 1905
|At a Glance||• Temporary parasite|
The workers of this species are bicolored, with the head, mesosoma, petiole, and appendages yellowish red, with the gaster medium brown. Erect hairs are abundant on most surfaces, including the dorsum of the head, ventral surface of the head, the scape often has a few scattered, erect hairs, hairs are present on the dorsum of the mesosoma, dorsum of the petiole, and the gaster, hairs the tibiae are suberect. Many of the hairs, especially those on the mesosoma, are blunt-tipped.
The queen is a tiny specimen, much smaller than the largest worker, mostly pale yellowish brown, with numerous hairs on the same surfaces as the workers, the hairs are longer, and not noticeably blunt-tipped. The scape has a few, scattered, erect hairs.
This species could be confused with Formica knighti. To it differs in that the dorsum of the gaster is punctate, but is weakly to moderately shining, not dull as in F. knighti. It does not have the abundant erect an suberect hairs on the scapes and tibiae that are found in Formica impexa and Formica microgyna.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- nepticula. Formica nepticula Wheeler, W.M. 1905c: 270 (w.q.m.) U.S.A. See also: Wheeler, W.M. 1913f: 475.
- Syntype, workers, queens, 2 males, summit of Mt. Pisgah, Colebrook, Litchfield County, Connecticut, 1400ft., United States, Museum of Comparative Zoology. , W.M. Wheeler,
- Syntype, workers, Blackhawk Springs (as Black Hawk Spring), near Rockford, Illinois, United States, Museum of Comparative Zoology. , W.M. Wheeler,
- Wheeler, W. M. 1905. New species of Formica. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 21: 267-274 (page 270, worker, queen, male described)
- Wheeler, W. M. 1913. A revision of the ants of the genus Formica (Linné) Mayr. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 53: 379-565 (page 475, see also)