These queens flew in fall 2019 and have since overwintered naturally. They are all strong queens and have started laying eggs!
Formica neorufibarbis is one of the most widely kept ant species in Canada, the workers are fast, brightly coloured, and very aggressive. They are not polymorphic but one can often find workers with varying sizes. The red and black coloured queens are easy to care for and raised up into a large colony.
Formica neorufibarbis Queens are normally around 9-12mm while workers from 6-9mm
Formica Neorufibarbis 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 neorufibarbis!