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Carpenter Ant

Camponotus sp.

Description:

These ants are among the largest in Minnesota, but size alone isn't enough to determine if they are carpenter ants as the smallest workers are only 3/16" long. Most carpenter ants we see are larger; up to 1/2" in size. They are generally black, although some are reddish brown.

Habitat:

Found generally in forested areas and buildings, where they live in nests excavated in wood.

Notes:

These insects live in wood, either tree trunks or wooden structures where they hollow out galleries for a nest. They do not eat wood, like termites, but in sufficient numbers and given time they can cause structural issues with wooden buildings. The photo above was taken of a carpenter ant I found in our house. It is cleaning its antennae in this photo.

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5 Comments

HemantKumar
HemantKumar 6 years ago

cool shot

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 6 years ago

Thanks Susan.

susan.kirt3
susan.kirt3 6 years ago

great close up.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 7 years ago

I was using a Canon 5D with a 100mm macro and stacked extension tubes. The lighting was provided by a Promaster ringlight.

Yasser
Yasser 7 years ago

Wow! What kind of camera setup were you using here? What an amazing close up.

Roseville, Minnesota, USA

Lat: 45.00, Long: -93.12

Spotted on Apr 23, 2010
Submitted on Apr 23, 2010

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