DISTRIBUTION-Formica altipetens

La Salle (Wheeler et al., 1989)


Key characteristics to the species of Formica fusca group of Manitoba (Jeff Shaddock (unpublished) and modified from Francoeur (1973) and Wheeler and Wheeler (1986))

1.Metasternum with two distinctly hairy lobes, one on each side of the median sternal cavity
2.Mesometasternal profile composed of a convexity followed by an inverted, hairy triangle (in profile view)
3.Episternum without hairs; if a few are present they are limited to the peripheral margin of mesopleuron
4.Genae lack hairs

  • Photo Credit: Ryan Perry© AntWeb 2002 - 2013
  • Photo Credit: Ryan Perry© AntWeb 2002 - 2013

  • Taxonomic Classification

          Phylum: Arthropoda
          Subphylum: Hexapoda
               Class: Insecta
               Subclass: Pterygota
               Infraclass: Neoptera
                     Order: Hymenoptera
                     Suborder: Apocrita
                     Infraorder: Aculeata
                              Superfamily: Vespoidea
                              Family: Formicidae
                              Subfamily: Formicinae
                              Tribe: Formicini
                                 Genus: Formica
                                 Species: Formica altipetens

    Specific Biology