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 Red carpenter ant (Camponotus noveboracensis)

Red carpenter ant | Camponotus noveboracensis photo
Profile view of ant Camponotus noveboracensis
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Red carpenter ant | Camponotus noveboracensis photo
Dorsal view of ant Camponotus noveboracensis
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Red carpenter ant | Camponotus noveboracensis photo
Head view of ant Camponotus noveboracensis
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RED CARPENTER ANT FACTS
Description
The Red carpenter ant (Camponotus noveboracensis) has a dark reddish brown colored thorax and waits, black head and black gaster (bulbous part of the abdomen). They nest in decaying wood. They can be a pest in homes, and although they do not feed on the timber, they will excavate inside the wood to make more room for their growing colony, pushing out sawdust-like particles called frass. This ant is similar to another pest species, the Black carpenter ant (C. pennsylvanicus), but can be distinguish by the reddish band in the middle.

Size
5mm - 18mm, queen about 18mm

Environment
found in woodland and rural areas where they nest in rotting logs and stumps

Food
feeds on dead insects, honeydew from aphids and exuded tree sap

Breeding
they nest in rotting wood in a colony of that may house a few thousand ants. The eggs are laid by the queen in the nest and larvae feed on regurgitated food brought by adult ants, and when they are fully grown pupate.

Range
Camponotus noveboracensis is found in northern parts of the United States in Washington in the west, and from around Ohio to News England in the east. It is also found in southern parts of Canada including Nova Scotia.

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Formicidae
Genus:Camponotus
Species:noveboracensis
Common Name:Red carpenter ant


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







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