This species is apparently a workerless inquiline. It is found in open prairie, with sandy and well-drained, sloping fields. The density of the nests of its host, Formica obscuripes, is high. The flight season extends from mid-June too late September, with flights occurring in the morning when the temperatures rises above 22°C, and when there is no appreciable wind.
|At a Glance||• Workerless Inquiline|
The queen is very small, approximately one-half the size of the largest major of the host. They are medium yellowish brown, the scape and the tibiae have abundant suberect hairs, the head (dorsum and ventral surface), mesosoma, petiole, and gaster have abundant erect hairs, somewhat of which are spatulate, especially on the mesosoma. The male is only slightly larger than the female.
Latitudinal Distribution Pattern
Latitudinal Range: 47.920535° to 42.456536°.
- Source: AntMaps
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
Check data from AntWeb
|Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.|
|Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.|
Images from AntWeb
|Paratype of Formica talbotae. Queen (alate/dealate). Specimen code casent0103454. Photographer April Nobile, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences.||Owned by LACM, Los Angeles, CA, USA.|
Images from AntWeb
|Paratype of Formica talbotae. Queen (alate/dealate). Specimen code casent0103455. Photographer April Nobile, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences.||Owned by LACM, Los Angeles, CA, USA.|
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.
- talbotae. Formica talbotae Wilson, 1977: 277, fig. 1 (q.m.) U.S.A.
- Status as species: Talbot, 1977: 282; Bolton. 1995b: 205; Coovert, 2005: 155.
- Borowiec, M.L., Cover, S.P., Rabeling, C. 2021. The evolution of social parasitism in Formica ants revealed by a global phylogeny. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118, e2026029118 (doi:10.1073/pnas.2026029118).
- Buschinger, A. 2009. Social parasitism among ants: a review (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 12: 219-235.
- Carroll, T.M. 2011. The ants of Indiana (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). M.S. thesis, Purdue University.
- Talbot, M. 1977. The natural history of the workerless ant parasite, Formica talbotae. Psyche 83 (1976): 282-288. [29.viii.1977.] (page 282, see also)
- Wilson, E. O. 1977b . The first workerless parasite in the ant genus Formica (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche (Camb.) 83: 277-281 (page 277, fig. 1 queen, male described)
References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
- Talbot M. 1977. The natural history of the workerless ant parasite Formica talbotae. Psyche (Cambridge) 83: 282-288.
- Wheeler G. C., J. N. Wheeler, and P. B. Kannowski. 1994. Checklist of the ants of Michigan (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The Great Lakes Entomologist 26(4): 297-310
- Wheeler, G.C., J. Wheeler and P.B. Kannowski. 1994. CHECKLIST OF THE ANTS OF MICHIGAN (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE). Great Lakes Entomologist 26:1:297-310
- Wilson E. O. 1977. The first workerless parasite in the ant genus Formica (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche (Cambridge) 83: 277-281.