Formica podzolica Francoeur, 1973
Length: ~ 5 mm
Range: Throughout Alberta
Boreal coniferous forest
Time of year seen: Summer
F. podzolica is a shy species that is found in boreal coniferous
forests. Colonies are numerous and easily found. The colonies consist
of large mounds which are constructed of sand or soil (see photo 3). Individual
mounds maybe uncovered or over grown with moss and other herbaceous plants.
The social structure of colonies maybe either polygynous or monogynous.
(Francoeur, 1997 & DeHeer, 2004)