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The common western species of carpenter ants are dull black in color with reddish legs and golden hairs covering their abdomens. Other species are black, a combination of red and black, or completely red or brown. Worker carpenter ants vary in size, ranging from 1/8 of an inch to 1/2 an inch long. The queen carpenter ant can be up to 5/8 of an inch long. Potentially Dangerous: To property, not people. Carpenter ants do not sting, but many are rather large and can cause a painful bite if disturbed.. They also give off formic acid, often directed to the spot they are biting.


They search for food between sunset and midnight, during spring and summer months. Sometimes workers travel up to 100 yards from a nest in search of food. Carpenter ants get into houses when they travel back and forth between their main nest and their satellite nests. Most of their feeding is on plant secretions or honeydew of aphids and scale insects, but occasionally invade houses in search of food. Foraging workers diet consists of dead animals, including insects, earthworms, and vertebrates. Workers also collect honeydew and forage for sweet food, proteins, and fats. These ants are a major agricultural and urban pest, destroying crops and invading residential areas both outdoors and indoors.


Little black ant colonies have multiple queens and may become very large.

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Great series Shiva,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

This is a cool find!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 2 years ago

Shiva...I love this spotting. You did a great job with the photos and the summary.

triggsturner 2 years ago

Congrats Shiva on your sotd. Great images and notes.

LaurenZarate 2 years ago

Congratulations Shiva! Wonderful photos!

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah Shiva and congratulations, these beautiful images have been chosen as our Spotting of the Day:

"With their red and black body constricted between thorax and abdomen and their elbowed antennae, these carpenter ant workers are our Spotting of the Day! Carpenter ants (Camponotus sp. ) are social insects that live in colonies and excavate wood. Unlike termites, they do not consume the wood. Ants in this genus, which includes over 1,000 species worldwide, also farm aphids for their honeydew, which they get by stroking the aphids with their antennae".



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Telangana, India

Spotted on Aug 24, 2018
Submitted on Sep 29, 2018

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