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Carpenter Ant

Camponotus sp.


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.


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


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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HemantKumar 7 years ago

cool shot

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 7 years ago

Thanks Susan.

susan.kirt3 7 years ago

great close up.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 8 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 8 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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