These queens flew in fall 2019 and have since overwintered naturally. They are all strong queens and have started laying eggs!
Formica Podzolica is an all black Formica species found commonly throughout Canada, they are fast-growing, aggressive, and very active. The workers and queens have a silver sheen to them, making them very eye-catching under sunlight or bright light.
Queens are normally around 9-12mm while workers range from 6-9mm
The colonies can grow very large and become very aggressive and territorial, they are very active and will track down and hunt prey items to feed their fast-developing brood. They are also the host species to many of the slave-raiding and parasitic Formica species all over Canada.
Overall, this species is a very satisfying ant to raise from a single queen into a large colony, the brood develops very quickly so it wouldn't be long until you would have a blooming young colony of Formica Podzolica!