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Subfamily FORMICINAE
Tribe FORMICINI

Formica integra Nylander
Formica integra, frontal view of the head of a worker.
Formica integra, side view of a worker.

Introduction

Taxonomic History

Diagnosis

Identification

Biology

Pest Status

Distribution

Species Distribution Map
Linked from Symbiota SCAN species page

Acknowledgements

Literature Cited

Links

AntWeb
AntCat
AntWiki

Videos

I found this large colony of Formica integra under a large rock in the Cedars of Lebanon State Forest
in central Tennessee during a collecting trip by the Mississippi Entomological Museum in 2009. These
large red and black ants do not sting, but readily bite when disturbed. Workers also emit formic acid
from the acidipore of the gaster (rear-end), which is quite acrid. It was actually difficult to breathe
after moving the rock above their colony because of the strong smell!