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Anyone "know" this aphid-herding ant? - Camponotus subbarbatus
Chamblee, DeKalb County, Georgia, USA
June 21, 2008

Moved from False Honey Ant.

Camponotus subbarbatus
MrILTA was on the right track.

False Honey Ants - Prenolepis imparis
False Honey Ants - Prenolepis imparis

Thank you so much!
It has been a fascinating few months watching the ebb and flow of that aphid "herd". The URL cited is to a report I made to flyfishing folks about an attack by a larva of Cryptolaemus sp.. That was fascinating.

I have another aphid herding ant to post soon - yes, Julia, I take advantage of this wonderful resource!

Cheers, Don

Camponotus species
I disagree with the ID of Prenolepis imparis. The thorax is all wrong as well the time of year. During the summer P. imparis is for the most part dormant and certainly isn't active enough to really collect nectar form aphids, (though I could understand if this were a single worker that chanced upon some).
I think it is more likely one of the smaller Camponotus species. Camponotus caryae, C. discolor, and C. subbarbatus are all likely candidates. The sections of the thorax line up a lot better with them and form a smooth curve when viewed from the side. Prenolepis imparis are not as even.

Camponotus on new ID request?
Just posted an image of another aphid farmer for ID. Compare with this one.

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