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Camponotus planatus - female

Camponotus planatus - Female
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron County, Texas, USA
March 27, 2008
Size: ~4 mm
A rather fuzzy record shot. I wonder if the population of C. planatus from south Texas might be native?

It might be
in the sense that a recent natural extension of the species' range toward North, along Mexican Coast, cannot be excluded.
By contrast, that such a visible - not to say striking - ant had remained unnoticed previously in TX seems rather unlikely.

 
Wheeler
W. M. Wheeler gives a C. Schaeffer record of planatus from the Brownsville area in his 1910 work on North American Camponotus.

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