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Formica fusca (silky ant)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Formica fusca, a common black colored ant found in Europe, is a palaearctic ant with a range extending from Portugal in the west to Japan in the east and from Italy in the south to Fennoscandia in the north. F. fusca nests are usually found in rotten tree stumps or under stones in clearcut areas and along woodland borders and hedgerows. F. fusca feeds on small insects, aphid honeydew and extra floral nectaries. Alate (winged) forms are produced in June/July and nuptial flights are in July/August.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Avon Gorge Woodlands 376 England, United Kingdom
Berwyn a Mynyddoedd de Clwyd/ Berwyn and South Clwyd Mountains 67265 Wales, United Kingdom
Breckland 18652 England, United Kingdom
Cairngorms 142543 Scotland, United Kingdom
Clogwyni Pen Llyn/ Seacliffs of Lleyn 2591 Wales, United Kingdom
Coedydd Derw a Safleoedd Ystlumod Meirion/ Meirionnydd Oakwoods and Bat Sites 6953 Wales, United Kingdom
Corsydd Môn/ Anglesey Fens 1154 Wales, United Kingdom  
Craven Limestone Complex 13166 England, United Kingdom
Dorset Heaths 14161 England, United Kingdom
Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes 5491 England, United Kingdom
Edwin S. George Reserve 1297 Michigan, United States
Fenn`s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses 2346 England/Wales, United Kingdom  
Great Orme`s Head/ Pen y Gogarth 748 Wales, United Kingdom  
Isles of Scilly Complex 66350 England, United Kingdom    
Limestone Coast of South West Wales/ Arfordir Calchfaen de Orllewin Cymru 3940 Wales, United Kingdom  
Lyme Bay and Torbay 77215 England, United Kingdom
Morecambe Bay 151985 England, United Kingdom
Morecambe Bay Pavements 6449 England, United Kingdom
North Norfolk Coast 7926 England, United Kingdom  
North Somerset and Mendip Bats 1387 England, United Kingdom
Pembrokeshire Marine/ Sir Benfro Forol 341177 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
Sefton Coast 11278 England, United Kingdom
Severn Estuary/ Môr Hafren 182155 England/Wales, United Kingdom
South Wight Maritime 49082 England, United Kingdom
Start Point to Plymouth Sound & Eddystone 84204 England, United Kingdom  
The Broads 14554 England, United Kingdom  
The New Forest 72309 England, United Kingdom
The Wash and North Norfolk Coast 266284 England, United Kingdom
Thursley, Ash, Pirbright and Chobham 12696 England, United Kingdom
Y Fenai a Bae Conwy/ Menai Strait and Conwy Bay 65440 Wales, United Kingdom  
Y Twyni o Abermenai i Aberffraw/ Abermenai to Aberffraw Dunes 4623 Wales, United Kingdom  


Prey / Diet

Volucella pellucens (White-banded Drone Fly)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Formica sanguinea (Blood-red Ant)1


Ceraturgus cruciatus[2]
Choerades marginata <Unverified Name>[2]
Cophinopoda chinensis[2]
Dasypogon diadema[2]
Diogmites misellus[2]
Echthistus rufinervis[2]
Empidonax flaviventris (Yellow-bellied Flycatcher)[3]
Laphria flava (Bumblebee Robber Fly)[2]
Machimus annulipes[2]
Machimus erythocnemius[2]
Nerax aestuans <Unverified Name>[2]
Philonicus albiceps[2]
Proctacanthus brevipennis[2]
Proctacanthus milbertii[2]
Proctacanthus philadelphicus[2]
Promachus fitchii (Nebraska beekiller)[2]
Promachus yesonicus[2]
Stelgidopteryx serripennis (Northern Rough-winged Swallow)[3]
Stenopogon callosus[2]
Tolmerus sadyates <Unverified Name>[2]
Ursus arctos (Grizzly Bear)[3]


Mutual (symbiont) 
Aphis acetosae[1]
Aphis brohmeri[1]
Aphis fabae (Bean aphid)[1]
Aphis idaei (Small Raspberry Aphid)[1]
Aphis sambuci (Elder Aphid)[1]
Aphis urticata[1]


Mutual (symbiont) 
Aphis fabae (Bean aphid)[1]
Parasitized by 
Comanimermis racovitzai <Unverified Name>[4]
Formica exsecta (narrow-headed ant)[3]
Formica rufa (European red wood ant)[3]
Pollinator of 
Amorpha fruticosa (dullleaf indigo)[3]
Calluna vulgaris (heather)[3]
Campanula rotundifolia (Harebell)[3]
Campsis radicans (common trumpetcreeper)[5]
Chamaecrista chamaecristoides (beach sensitive pea)[5]
Cicuta maculata (poison parsnip)[5]
Erica tetralix (crossleaf heath)[3]
Linaria vulgaris (Butter-and-Eggs)[3]
Prunus serotina (Black Cherry)[5]
Sium suave (hemlock water-parsnip)[3]
Solidago virgaurea (European goldenrod)[3]
Strophostyles helvola[5]
Vaccinium uliginosum (bog blueberry)[3]
Vaccinium vitis-idaea (lingonberry)[3]




Attributes / relations provided by
1Ecology of Commanster
2Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
5Robertson, C. Flowers and insects lists of visitors of four hundred and fifty three flowers. 1929. The Science Press Printing Company Lancaster, PA.
Protected Areas provided by GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Edwin S. George Reserve, University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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