DISTRIBUTION-Formica aserva

Baldur, Baldy mountain, Binscarth, Birds Hill, Birds Hill Provincial Park, Carberry, East Blue Lake, Fortier, Grahamdale, Grand Rapids, Hartney, Hecla Island, Lake Katherine,La Salle, Laurie Lake, Northwest Angle Provincial Forest, Pelican Lake, Pinawa, Rennie, Richer, Riding Mountain National Park, Rosa, Rosser, St. Malo, Sandilands Provincial Forest, Slave raid-6 km W of Portage la Prairie, Spruce Wood Provincial Forest, Spruce Wood Provincial Park, Whirlpool Lake, Whiteshell Provincial Park, Winnipeg
(Wheeler et al., 1989)


Key characteristics to the species of Formica sanguinea group of Manitoba (Jeff Shaddock (unpublished) and adapted from Wheeler and Wheeler (1963) )

1.Dorsal side of thorax absent of hairs, or with a few on the pronotum only
2.In full-face view a distinct space is visible between the outer margin of the eye and the side of the head
3.Declivity of propodeum descends at an obtuse angle to the dorsal face
4.Scale of petiole with a sharp crest
5.Gaster blackish brown

  • Photo Credit:Will Ericson © AntWeb 2002 - 2013
  • Photo Credit:Will Ericson © 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 aserva

    Specific Biology

    Habitats: Mesic woods, and woods' edges, usually in open sunny places. Often has no slaves, especially the large colonies.

    Source: Ant Web