Formica podzolica

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Formica podzolica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Formica
Species: F. podzolica
Binomial name
Formica podzolica
Francoeur, 1973

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Specimen labels

Nests are found under stones or logs, or in soil with small mounds (up to 50 cm diameter), sometimes with a covering of pebbles or thatching, in rocky loam soils. It is a host for the slavemaking species Formica aserva, Formica pergandei and Polyergus mexicanus.

At a Glance • Polygynous  

 

Photo Gallery

  • Male Formica podzolica from a mound of small pebbles and Tsuga needles at base of a birch tree, sniffing the wind before taking flight. This is the second most abundant ant in the sandy soils of urban, park, and roadside settings of Northern Door Co. Wisconsin (after Lasius neoniger, and with all others far behind). There were several dealate queens of this species at various localities later in the day. Photo by James Trager, 11:00hr, 25 July 2016.
  • Worker at the nest entrance, Door Co. Wisconsin. Photo by James Trager.

Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Widespread in North America. Mexico: Chihuahua.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: Canada (type locality), United States.
Neotropical Region: Mexico.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Habitat

In New Mexico (Mackay and Mackay 2002) - Urban areas, meadows, pinyon-juniper, up to ponderosa pine-riparian, fir, aspen, sand spruce forests.

Biology

For New Mexico (Mackay and Mackay 2002) - Brood was present in July and August, sexuals in August, and dealate females were collected in July and August (with first brood). These ants nest together with Lasius, with the brood of the 2 genera mixed. One mixed nest included Formica argentea, Formica aserva, Formica obtusopilosa, Formica lasioides and Myrmica, another contained Camponotus pennsylvanicus, two nests were together with Myrmica. It is enslaved by Formica aserva, Formica pergandei and Polyergus mexicanus.

Castes

Worker
Queen

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • podzolica. Formica podzolica Francoeur, 1973: 162, figs. 272-287 (w.q.m.) CANADA. Junior synonym of subsericea: Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1986g: 92. Revived from synonymy: Bolton, 1995b: 201.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

Francoeur 1973. Figures 272-287.

References