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Ant - Formica subsericea

Ant - Formica subsericea
Ledges State Park, Boone County, Iowa, USA
July 31, 2008
Size: ~0.5"
On base of tree in lawn in Ledges State Park.

Moved from Formica.

Moved from Ants.

Mmmmm.... -_o
I think... this might be of the genus Formica...
It looks like it has 3 simple oceli on its 'forehead'.
Ants of the genus Camponotus do not have these oceli.

Formica subsericea
Jonas is quite right. Formica is the most species-rich ant genus in Iowa and surrounding states, and F. subsericea is perhaps the most common of the numerous species in Iowa.

Thanks and new question
Thanks, Jonas and James! That answers my original question, but raises another, namely that I cannot find F. subsericea in the BugGuide taxonomy. Is there a synonym? For now, I have moved my photo to the genus "Formica" gallery.

I am not saying any ants are mislabeled
I think you should place this species as a division inside the Formica fusca group because it is in the group.

Thanks for the info!

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