|scientific name Camponotus herculeanus |
common name Black Carpenter Ant
Found in wooded areas and nest almost exclusively in standing deadwood. (Hansen and Klotz, 2005).
Found foraging may until late September or early October, but is dependent on local temperatures, and become active in their nest by around March.
Workers of C. herculeanus range from ~6.0 to 13.0 mm in length, are usually black with distinctive dark red legs and propodeum. The antennal scape lacks erect hairs and does not extend past the top of the head. The clypeus lacks a medial ridge or notch ((Hansen and Klotz, 2005).
Colonies are usually monogamous, but can be comprised of several queens and tens of thousands of workers. The workers are divided into 2 polymorphous castes, majors and minors. (Hansen and Klotz, 2005).
Not of concern.
Omnivorous; will take insects, fruit, seeds, sap and farm aphids. (Hansen and Klotz, 2005).
Found across the northern part of North America in the boreal forest from Alaska to New Foundland and south along the American west in forested areas (Hansen and Klotz, 2005).
The most common carpenter on ant in Alberta. Can sometimes be structural pests in houses and other wood structures. (Hansen and Klotz, 2005).
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