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scientific name    Camponotus herculeanus    

common name     Black Carpenter Ant

habitat
Found in wooded areas and nest almost exclusively in standing deadwood. (Hansen and Klotz, 2005).

seasonality
Found foraging may until late September or early October, but is dependent on local temperatures, and become active in their nest by around March.

identification
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).

life history
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).

conservation
Not of concern.

diet info
Omnivorous; will take insects, fruit, seeds, sap and farm aphids. (Hansen and Klotz, 2005).

range
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).

notes
The most common carpenter on ant in Alberta. Can sometimes be structural pests in houses and other wood structures. (Hansen and Klotz, 2005).

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=38508



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