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
Species Tribe: Formicini
Coloration/Hue: Shiny black with orange-brown appendages
Nuptial Flight (TOY): July
Nuptial Flight (TOD): Afternoon