DISTRIBUTION-Formica fusca

Agassiz Provincial Forest, Aweme, Birds Hill Provincial Park, Cedar Lake, Cormorant Lake, Holland, La Salle, Northwest Angle Provincial Forest, Pelican Lake, Pinawa, Pine Falls, Richer, Riding Mountain National Park, Rosa, Sandilands, Sandilands Provincial Forest, Seven Sisters, Spruce Wood Provincial Forest, Twin Lakes near Churchill, Whiteshell Provincial Park
(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Key characteristics to the species of Formica fusca group of Manitoba (Jeff Shaddock (unpublished) and modified from Francoeur (1973) and Wheeler and Wheeler (1986))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 lacks lobes
2.Mesometasternal profile composed of a convexity followed by a straight or convex line that lacks hairs (in profile view)
3.Gena between eye and mandible (i.e. below eye) without coarse punctures; or if present, they are restricted to the region just below the eye
4.Hairs lacking around spinasternal cavity
5.Pubescence dilute to normal on the first four gastric segments
6.Large, elongate punctures present on genae behind and beneath the eyes
7.Colour: black to piceous black
8.Pilosity reduced on first gastric segment, not including posterior row of hairs; rarely more than 10 erect hairs
9.Metasternum more pilose, hairs surround spinasternal cavity

  • Photo Credit: © AntWeb 2002 - 2013
  • Photo Credit: © 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 fusca

    Specific Biology

    Find in various habitats
    Source: Ant Web