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Ant ID? - Formica pallidefulva

Ant ID? - Formica pallidefulva
Seminole, Seminole County, Oklahoma, USA
May 24, 2013
Larger ant foraging solo. I grew up knowing these as fire ants. Wondering if I was told wrong?

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Ant ID? - Formica pallidefulva Ant ID? - Formica pallidefulva

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You were indeed told wrong. This is not even in the same subfamily of ants as fire ants are, and this ant completely lacks a functional stinger -- A harmless native ant.

Not in the fire ant family by virtue of its one-segmented waist, and recognized within its species group by the short, sparse dorsal bristles (as opposed to longer and more numerous).

Some striking color variation in this species, much darker in the north:

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