Common Name: Field ants
Distribution: North America in the northeast states
Queen size: 10-11 mm
Worker size: 4-6mm
Natural Habitat: Formica subsericea generally build their nests against trees, under rocks, or in logs.
Circadian Activity: Diurnal
Mating Flight: I find them in July to august on warm days
Queen Founding Method: Fully Claustral
Monogyne or polygyne: Monogyne
Average time from egg to worker: Egg to Larvae = 10-15 days; Larvae to pupae = 20-25 days, Pupae to worker = 20-25 days.
Recommended Temperature: “summer” 70 to 80F or 21.1 to 26.7C “winter” 20 to 32F or -6.7 to 0C
Recommended Humidity: semi moist
Preferred Foods: they have more of a buffet-style liking. These ants love sugar like aphid honeydew, honey, sugerwater, and ant nectar soft-bodied insects like caterpillars, and seed husks.
social stomach YES
Hibernation Details: Does this species hibernate or go through diapause? Yes, I keep mine in a refrigerator at 20 to 32F or -6.7 to 0C
Escape Barrier Methods: I use 100-150 gauge metal mesh and Fluon.
Difficulty rating: This is an easy species but can escape easily.
Bite and/or Sting rating: Hardly noticeable
Special Care or Interesting Notes: This species does have formic acid and I would use dirt and pine needles so they can make their own extra ventilation. This species is very sensitive to light and vibrations.
Additional Links: http://www.schoolofa...rg/species/1174
Information submitted by Hunter.
Edited by T.C., December 4 2017 - 9:00 PM.