DISTRIBUTION-Formica hewitti

Birds Hill Provincial Park, Churchill, Hecla Island, Northwest Angle Provincial Forest, Sandilands Provinacial Forest
(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Key characteristics to the species of Formica fusca group of Manitoba (Jeff Shaddock (unpublished) and modified from Francoeur (1973) and Wheeler and Wheeler (1986))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) with elongate coarse punctures
4.Hairs abundant around spinasternal cavity
5.Hairs abundant on occiput, and dorsal surfaces of thorax and gaster
6.Colour: brownish-black or black, sometimes thorax and petiole lighter than head and gaster

  • 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 hewitti

    Specific Biology