Nests are found under stones or logs, or in soil with small mounds (up to 50 cm diameter), sometimes with a covering of pebbles or thatching, in rocky loam soils. It is a host for the slavemaking species Formica aserva, Formica pergandei and Polyergus mexicanus.
|At a Glance||• Polygynous|
Keys including this Species
- Key to Nearctic Formica fusca group males
- Key to Nearctic Formica fusca group queens
- Key to Nearctic Formica fusca group workers
- Key to New England Formica
Widespread in North America. Mexico: Chihuahua.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
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In New Mexico (Mackay and Mackay 2002) - Urban areas, meadows, pinyon-juniper, up to ponderosa pine-riparian, fir, aspen, sand spruce forests.
For New Mexico (Mackay and Mackay 2002) - Brood was present in July and August, sexuals in August, and dealate females were collected in July and August (with first brood). These ants nest together with Lasius, with the brood of the 2 genera mixed. One mixed nest included Formica argentea, Formica aserva, Formica obtusopilosa, Formica lasioides and Myrmica, another contained Camponotus pennsylvanicus, two nests were together with Myrmica. It is enslaved by Formica aserva, Formica pergandei and Polyergus mexicanus.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- podzolica. Formica podzolica Francoeur, 1973: 162, figs. 272-287 (w.q.m.) CANADA. Junior synonym of subsericea: Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1986g: 92. Revived from synonymy: Bolton, 1995b: 201.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
- Francoeur, A. 1973. Révision taxonomique des espèces néarctiques du groupe fusca, genre Formica (Formicidae, Hymenoptera). Mém. Soc. Entomol. Qué. 3: 1-316 (page 162, figs. 272-287 worker, queen, male described)
- Mackay, W. P. and E. Mackay. 2002. The ants of New Mexico (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY.
- Sankovitz, M.A., Breed, M.D., McCreery, H.F. 2019. Effects of Formica podzolica ant colonies on soil moisture, nitrogen, and plant communities near nests. Ecological Entomology 44, 71–80 (doi:10.1111/een.12677).
- Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1986c. Supplementary studies of ant larvae: Ponerinae. Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 112: 85-94 (page 92, Junior synonym of subsericea)