For ease of navigation, this product includes Formica pallidefulva as well
A goldenrod sways in the wind as a herd of treehopper nymphs are herded under the lead by two ants-- one brown, and one orangey red. They protect the treehoppers and in return, receive honeydew, a sugary waste product from the treehopper's sap draining activities. A Lasius worker crawls up in an attempt to get a sip of honeydew, but meets only the Formica worker with her jaws wide open and prepared to fight.
Formica incerta, like most ants, has no English Name. Many people find it difficult to memorize the scientific names, so we've provided "Uncertain Field Ant" as a direct translation.
This species is one which builds small, conical mounds with colonies boasting several dozen queens and thousands of workers. They survey drier soils, since they are frequently driven out by larger mound-building Field Ants. Thus, while active and aggressive in sandier soils, defending food sources from other ants, they are often more timid and skittish from more humid areas.
In the wild, Formica incerta are hosts of many parasites, including Formica pergandei and the Clear Amazon Ant, Polyergus lucidus.
Formica incerta are similar to your average Formica in Canada, but have a much lighter body and are less aggressive. These are large, brownish ants at queens from 8-12 mm and workers from 6-9mm. They grow large colonies up to 5000 workers in just 3 years. They prefer 22-26 Celsius and like around 50% humidity. They're more skittish than most ants, and so are of medium difficulty to start, but are extremely enthusiatic and fast growing once they break 50 workers. In the wild, Formica are some of the most dominant ants, hunting down other species and consuming large amounts of biomass, though Formica incerta seem more peaceful than other varieties. We get just a few of these each year, but nonetheless are a wonderful species.
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