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Ant - Camponotus - female

Ant - Camponotus - Female
New Market, Madison County, Alabama, USA
March 2, 2006
This is a large red ant obviously. I have been seeing these ants all my life but I never seem to find them in any insect guide and I have always wondered what kind of ants they are. Does anybody know what species they are? They usually nest under the ground but I have seen them in rotten wooden posts and logs as well.

Over a decade late but
Camponotus americanus is the only species with the same color scheme in your area

Camponotus sp.
This is a worker carpenter ant in the genus Camponotus. Not all carpenter ants excavate wood (they do not eat the wood) for nesting chambers, and this species may be one of them. Could be C. modoc, but there are several species that have this lovely color scheme:-)

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