Formica rufa

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Formica rufa, also known as the red wood antsouthern wood ant, or horse ant, is a common forest ant that makes large mound nests. Their conspicuous nests make this a well known and recognizable ant for anyone that has spent time in European lowland forests. Queens start new colonies by parasitizing nests of other ants.

 

 


Queen[edit]

Queen Ant
  • Nuptial Flight Time : For clarity,use: ant-mating-chart  conficting reports of late spring or May to  early July. the ant chart is a better alternative.
  • Colony Founding : temporary parasitic
  • *gynous polygynous
  • Brood Boostable: Yes
  • Hibernation : 
  • Feeding Requirements : 
  • Nanitics Appear After : 

 

Food[edit]

Likes[edit]

  • Crickets
  • Honeydew
  • Spiders

Dislikes[edit]

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Colony[edit]

  • Difficulty :
  • Typical Colony Size Large colonies may have 100,000 to 400,000 workers and 100 queens.
  • Polymorphic : Yes
  • Ant Length 4.5–9 mm
  • Temperament Aggressive
  • Suggested Feeding Schedule :
  • Hazards : Spray formic acid
  • Colony Growth Rate :
  • Egg To Worker :
  • Circadian Activity :
  • Recommended Temperature :
  • Recommended Humidity :
  • Heating Pad Required :
  • Can Climb Smooth Surfaces Yes 
  • When To Expand :
  • When Do Soldiers and Reproductives Appear :
  • Invasive/Pest :
  • Farmers : Of aphids
  • Native Location : antmaps.org
  • Natural Habitat : Fields and pines
  • Preferred Nesting Medium :
  • Scientific Information: antwiki.org

Notes[edit]

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