Explanation of Names
"Lucidus" is Latin for shiny
Northeastern half of the USA, southern Ontario, west to Minnesota and Missouri
Old fields, Appalachian "balds", bluestem prairie. This ant in occurs in mixed colonies, with the host workers, always Formica incerta, generally outnumbering the P. lucidus workers about 10:1.
Raiding occurs from about the last week of June to the first week of September, with raiding parties larger and more often successful in bringing home host brood in in the earlier part of this season.
Depend on host workers to regurgitate food to them, and to provision their brood. Some of the colony's nutrition is derived from eating brood captured in raids.
This is the shiniest species of the genus, and is the most common one found in northeastern USA and southern Ontario.