DISTRIBUTION-Formica bradleyi

Aweme, Carberry, Onah, Portage la Prairie, Spruce Woods Provincial Forest, Spruce Wood Provincial Park
(Wheeler et al., 1989)


Key characteristics to the species of Formica neogagates group of Manitoba (Jeff Shaddock (unpublished) and adapted from Wheeler and Wheeler (1986) )

1.Colour of entire body uniformly yellowish red

  • Photo Credit:April Nobile © AntWeb 2002 - 2013
  • Photo Credit:April Nobile © 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 bradleyi

    Specific Biology

    It is one of the few species that use only a single type of soil which is sandy soil. E. W. Wheeler first noticed its relationship with soil in 1944. An issue of the Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society states that the ant is "the most beautiful species of the genus, with its bright red females and workers, and its shining black males"
    (Halverson et al., 1975)