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Formica subsericea

Formica subsericea
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
April 18, 2009
I assume this may be Camponotus pennsylvanicus (Black Carpenter Ant)?
I am posting these images from the Bugguide mini gathering and hope that others will post theirs so we can keep the best. Judging by some of the cameras there that day it should be easy to knock this down. Come on!

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Formica subsericea Formica subsericea Formica subsericea Formica subsericea

Moved from fusca group.
James C. Trager - "In that case, F. subsericea, F. podzolica's eastern cousin. These two are distinguished most readily by the shape of the rear margin of the head in "full face view", the view that yields the maximum length form the edge of the clypeus to the rear margin. Anyway, not visible in this somewhat posteriorly oblique view. The relatively dense, silky pubescence readily distinguishes this species from the rarer and essentially more northern F. fusca."

It is a Formica fusca group species. They are very hard to id to species level without a microscope. Very nice photos by the way. Every time I try to photograph them they run away.

I really appreciate the help!

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