Formica neogagates
  • Formica neogagates

    Shiny Field Ants

    A close, but significantly less abundant cousin of Formica fusca and Formica subsericea. While it's larger counterparts are commonly found by the thousands in sprawling fields, F. neogagates resides beneath rocks and fallen logs in dense and undisturbed forests. Populations are very small and although beautiful, workers are extremely timid, making F. neogagates quite difficult to keep in captivity.

    • Worker Size: 4 - 4.5 mm

      Queen Size: 7 - 7.5 mm


      Subfamily: Formicinae

      Species Tribe: Formicini


      Coloration/Hue: Shiny black with orange-brown appendages

      Nuptial Flight (TOY): July

      Nuptial Flight (TOD): Afternoon


      Polymorphic: No

      Polygynous: Yes

      Polydomous: No