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Florida Carpenter Ant

Camponotus floridanus

Description:

From an entomologist friend, Fred Santana: The ants are Florida carpenter ants, Camponotus floridanus, and they are not going after the eggs, which are layed by sulphur butterflies. Carpenter ants are sweet feeding ants, so either there are some nectaries in the flowers, or there are some tiny aphids living in the flowers you don't see, providing honeydew, I recently had a small colony of aphids on the seed pods of my Senna didymobotrya, which were wiped out by an interesting lady beetle, Olla v-nigrum.

Habitat:

School Garden: Laurel Nokomis School


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3 Comments

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann a year ago

Wonderful picture!

ceherzog
ceherzog 2 years ago

Found the name

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

Look like a leaf cutter...

Sarasota, Florida, USA

Lat: 27.12, Long: -82.44

Spotted on Apr 10, 2012
Submitted on Apr 10, 2012

Spotted for mission

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