DISTRIBUTION-Formica wheeleri

Occurs in the border county of Pembina, North Dakota, and probably occurs in the Red River Valley in Manitoba
(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Key characteristics to the species of Formica sanguinea group of Manitoba (Jeff Shaddock (unpublished) and adapted from Wheeler and Wheeler (1963) )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 with conspicuous hairs on all segments
2.Pubescence on scapes very short, fine and completely appressed to the scape
3.Scale of petiole with a blunt crest in which the median notch is weakly developed or absent
4.Head wholly or partially with a blackish tinge

  • 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 wheeleri

    Specific Biology