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Species: Formica subsericea   Say, 1836 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Formica subsericea Say, 1836 PDF: 289 (w.m.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Junior synonym of Formica fusca: Mayr, 1886d PDF: 426; Creighton, 1950a PDF: 532.
Revived from synonymy as subspecies of Formica fusca: Emery, 1893k PDF: 659; Buren, 1944a PDF: 300.
Revived from synonymy, raised to species and senior synonym of Formica lecontei: Francoeur, 1973 PDF: 172.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Canada, United States
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 31 times found in deciduous forest, 24 times found in oak/hickory forest, Black Belt Prairie, 8 times found in upland hardwood forest, 8 times found in on young pine trees, 6 times found in along transect in grassy area by highway edge, 0 times found in in cultivated cotton, 4 times found in rocky bald habitat on mountain, 1 times found in vacant lot, 3 times found in in field, colonies in soil, 3 times found in woods near parking lot of visitor center, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times foragers, 2 times litter, 1 times hardwood trees, formica colony under rock. Occasional times forest edge near Double Gap stream. 1342, 2 times under stone, 1 times nest in soil, 1 times large nest on slope by side of trail, 1 times ex mound, 1 times Asclepias syriaca, 11AM, tending Aphis asclepiadis #9797.1,tops of young leaves&pedicels of flowers&pods, 1 times soil and leaf litter, 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 27 times pitfall trap, 57 times general collecting, 1 times blacklight trap, 6 times Search, 8 times direct collection, 6 times Lindgren funnel, 6 times cookie bait, 4 times beating trees and shrubs, 1 times sweeping, 1 times malaise trap, 2 times Pitfall, ...

Elevations: collected from 5 - 1600 meters, 778 meters average

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