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 Black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus)

Black carpenter ant | Camponotus pennsylvanicus photo
male carpenter ant Camponotus pennsylvanicus
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Black carpenter ant | Camponotus pennsylvanicus photo
Profile view of ant Camponotus pennsylvanicus
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Black carpenter ant | Camponotus pennsylvanicus photo
Dorsal view of ant Camponotus pennsylvanicus
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Black carpenter ant | Camponotus pennsylvanicus photo
Head view of ant Camponotus pennsylvanicus
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BLACK CARPENTER ANT FACTS
Description
The Black carpenter ant, as its name indicates is a black ant. The abdomen has short white hairs. They form large colonies that can house several thousand insects. In their natural habitat, they nest in decaying wood, where they excavate tunnels and enlarge the nest, although they do not eat the wood. They make galleries parallel to the wood grain, and eject the loose wood particles in as sawdust-like material called frass. These ants can bite but do not sting. They can be a significant pest, as they often invade houses and will tunnel into rotting wood, but don't usually attack solid dry wood.

Size
6mm to 15mm, queen 20mm

Environment
woodland, forest, parkland, and residential areas. They nest in dead trees, fallen logs stumps, but they will also invade houses and nest in wood especially where timber has already been damaged by rot.

Food
these ants eat a range of foods including insects, carrion, meat, fruit, honeydew from aphids

Breeding
the nest is made in rotting wood. The eggs are laid by the queen in the nest and larvae feed on food brought by adult ants. The larvae pupate before emerging as adults.

Range
Camponotus pennsylvanicus is found in much of the eastern half of the United States and south eastern parts of Canada

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Formicidae
Genus:Camponotus
Species:pennsylvanicus
Common Name:Black carpenter ant


Relatives in same Genus
  Reddish carpenter ant (C. castaneus)
  Red carpenter ant (C. chromaiodes)
  Red carpenter ant (C. noveboracensis)







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