Camponotus novaeboracensis    

common name     Red and Black Carpenter Ant

habitat
Forested areas and is often found in rotted wood and in dead standing trees (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).

seasonality
Found late April until Late September.

identification
Workers are 6.0-13.0mm in length, with a black head and gaster and read thorax. The clypeus is ecarinate, the scape is not flattened at the base and extends beyond the occipital margin of the head. Pubescence is absent or very fine on the gaster and there are course punctures on the head, especially on the gena (Hansen and Klotz, 2005).

life history
Colonies made up of about 3000 ants, with only one queen.

conservation
Not of concern.

diet info
Omnivorous, but rely heavily on tending aphids or coccids.

range
Found in wooded areas across central North America. It makes it as far south as New Mexico and as far north as north-central Alberta (Hansen and Klotz, 2005).

people
species page authorGlasier, J.2008 

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=38589

 

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