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(Eastern) Black Carpenter Ants with Prey

Camponotus pennsylvanicus


Carpenter Ants showing how effective they are at hunting and scavenging. The wings are what was left from a Carpenterworm Moth. They may have killed it or it may have died and they found the body. The beetle was still alive, unfortunately for it.


Forested campground in a county park.


The insects that perished from our lantern the night before were cleaned up by these guys. No bodies were found in the morning. Simply amazing efficiency!

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Northwest Harbor, New York, USA

Spotted on Jun 9, 2012
Submitted on Jun 16, 2012

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