The Gray Field Ant, Formica aerata, in Sonora

Kevin Price collected this gray field ant, Formica Aerata, in the East Sonora area. 9-19-2022

Based on these images, Dr. Philip Ward thought this ant was, based on the density of its hairs, was likely Formica aerata, a species that is common in the Central Valley and foothills. This species is quite heat-tolerant.