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Big Black Ants


Las encontré en un invernadero.

Found in a greenhouse.


Por favor ayuda con la identificación de estas hormigas, son grandes, al menos 10mm de largo.

Please help with the ID of this ant, they where big, at least 10mm, the pictures show them with a cherry.

1 species ID suggestions

Carpenter Ants
Formica ligniperda Carpenter ant


RSClark 5 years ago

Great shots!

Thanks Emma:
I think you are pretty close on this one.
There's plenty of Camponotus sp. in that region, but ants are not my strong side, maybe next time I'll get better pictures with the new lens.
I found this site where to look at ants up close.

Thanks Francis for the ID, but these are in Chile, and about a third in size of the Dinoponera. There are many species of big ants living in the same areas, I think it would take an ant specialist (and way better pictures) to differentiate each other.
Let's hope some day, with the help of Project Noah, anyone can easily identify species they encounter.

I'm not sure I dare try their gentleness, but if some climb on me I will have your comment in mind, and not start jumping and squashing them. :)

I might add I saw a few more the other day on top of a "mountain" around here (Cerro de Mayo) at about 1300 mts. above sea level.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 6 years ago

From my experience ,the big black ants are rather gentle and do not bite. It is the small tiny ones that can bite hard.

NoriethAlejandra 6 years ago

Familia: Formicidae

Lago Ranco, XIV Región de Los Ríos, Chile

Lat: -40.37, Long: -72.17

Spotted on Feb 4, 2012
Submitted on Feb 4, 2012

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