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Ants (Carpenter)

Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Ants (Carpenter)

Range

They are found all over the eastern U. S., west to Texas.

Habitat

They build their nest in wood. They really like wood that is wet.

Body Traits

They are reddish to black in color. Males and females will grow wings to swarm when it is time to expand the nest. They are up to about 1/2" long.

Habits

They don’t sting, but when bothered they put out a strong smell. They invade homes and chew into the woodwork. They can cause a lot of damage.

Diet

They eat dead insects, live insects, fruit juices and honeydew (a sugary liquid made by other insects like aphids and scales).

Reproduction

They have large nests made up of 1 queen, 2,500 workers, and some males. It takes 3-6 years before they swarm (grow wings and fly away to mate) and make a new nest. They dig tunnels into wood and the underlying ground called galleries, where they nest.

Ants (Carpenter)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class:     Insecta
Order:     Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Genus:     Camponotus
Species: C. pennsylvanicus

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