This species is apparently a workerless inquiline. It is found in open prairie, with sandy and well-drained, sloping fields. The density of the nests of its host, Formica obscuripes, is high. The flight season extends from mid-June too late September, with flights occurring in the morning when the temperatures rises above 22°C, and when there is no appreciable wind.
|At a Glance||• Workerless Inquiline|
The queen is very small, approximately one-half the size of the largest major of the host. They are medium yellowish brown, the scape and the tibiae have abundant suberect hairs, the head (dorsum and ventral surface), mesosoma, petiole, and gaster have abundant erect hairs, somewhat of which are spatulate, especially on the mesosoma. The male is only slightly larger than the female.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- talbotae. Formica talbotae Wilson, 1977: 277, fig. 1 (q.m.) U.S.A.
- Status as species: Talbot, 1977: 282; Bolton. 1995b: 205; Coovert, 2005: 155.
- Buschinger, A. 2009. Social parasitism among ants: a review (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 12: 219-235.
- Talbot, M. 1977. The natural history of the workerless ant parasite, Formica talbotae. Psyche 83 (1976): 282-288. [29.viii.1977.] PDF (page 282, see also)
- Wilson, E. O. 1977b . The first workerless parasite in the ant genus Formica (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche (Camb.) 83: 277-281 (page 277, fig. 1 queen, male described)