Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

National Moth Week photos of insects and people. Here's how to add your images.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#359145
Black Formica Ants Tending Aphids - Formica subsericea

Black Formica Ants Tending Aphids - Formica subsericea
Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas, USA
August 3, 2009

Images of this individual: tag all
Black Formica Ants Tending Aphids - Formica subsericea Formica ant closeup - Formica subsericea

Moved
This one is by a considerable margin the most abundant and widely distributed black Formica east of the Rocky Mountains.

Fusca group - workers
One of the all black species of this large group.
Quite similar to the "true" F. fusca at this magnification level - which is not enough to allow any specific ID, even for an experienced specialist. Anyway, F. fusca is primarily a forest species, rather unlikely to occur in Kansas.

 
habitat
Found the ants in eastern KS hardwood/riparian habitat. Not sure if that helps any :-)
Thanks for the info.

 
Cottonwood
Leaf appears to be cottonwood (Populus deltoides), which may assist in determining the aphid species.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Formica
These are Formica, similar to the ones I found. In your second pic you can see they have large compound eyes, which is just one of the key features that separate them from Camponotus


 
cool, thanks
..

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.