Formica ravida. Creighton, 1940

As I indicated earlier, I’ll be attacking a backlog of photographs this season, and here is the first updated gallery, from September 2011: Formica ravida Creighton, 1940 (as identified by James Trager at BugGuide). These ants were photographed in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park after a rain shower. They were on poplar leaves tending aphids, and the gallery includes images of major and minor workers, defence postures and an attack on a small (unidentified ) chironomid midge that landed too near the aphid colony.

Adrian Thysse Photography: Formica ravida Creighton, 1940 &emdash;

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4 Comments

  1. Sean McCann 23 October, 2014 at 7:57 AM #

    Nice! The prey in this case looks much like a chiromomid midge.

    • Adrian 23 October, 2014 at 7:59 AM #

      Thanks Sean!

  2. Colin Favret 25 October, 2014 at 2:14 AM #

    Nice pics, I like your aphids! They are Chaitophorus sp.: rather common on Populus and very often tended by ants.

    • Adrian 25 October, 2014 at 5:57 AM #

      Thanks Colin! I’ll update the gallery images to show the aphid ID.