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 Reddish carpenter ant (Camponotus castaneus)




Reddish carpenter ant | Camponotus castaneus photo
Profile view of ant Camponotus castaneus

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Reddish carpenter ant | Camponotus castaneus photo
Dorsal view of ant Camponotus castaneus

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Reddish carpenter ant | Camponotus castaneus photo
Head view of ant Camponotus castaneus

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REDDISH CARPENTER ANT FACTS

Description
The Reddish carpenter ant as its common name indicates is a reddish brown color. The head is darker chestnut brown and the thorax and abdomen are an orange brown color. They get their common name from their habitat in decaying or hollow wood where they make their nest and tunnel into the wood. Reddish carpenter ants can spray formic acid in defence. They also bite but cannot sting. This species lives mainly outdoors in woodland, but can occasionally enter buildings, but is not a serious pest of timber..

Size
about 10mm

Environment
found in woodland, forest and suburban areas. Carpenter ants live in decaying wood such as fallen logs or dead branches, where they create a nest with numerous galleries or tunnels in the soft wood. They leave wood particles like sawdust behind.

Food
feed on insects and other arthropods, also fruit, honeydew from aphids

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 castaneus is found in the eastern United States from Texas to Illinois at the west of its range to the Pacific coast from Maine to Florida.

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Formicidae
Genus:Camponotus
Species:castaneus
Common Name:Reddish carpenter ant


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