These queens flew in fall 2019 and have since overwintered naturally. They are all strong queens and have started laying eggs!
Formica Pacifica is a brightly coloured species from the Pacific Northwest region, the queens and workers are a reddish-brown coloration with very shiny and silver looking bodies. Under the sun or bright light, the workers are extremely eye-catching.
Queens are normally around 9-12mm while workers from 6-9mm
The colonies of Formica Pacifica 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, Formica Pacifica 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 Pacifica!