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Cordyceps-infected ant. - female

Cordyceps-infected ant. - Female
Covington, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA
September 11, 2010
Size: 10mm
Usually when I see this (and now that I know what to look for I see it pretty often) it is the big black Camponotus carpenter ants. This one looks smaller and redder to me, fungal infection not withstanding.

Moved from ID Request.

Image is referenced in the Arthropod Pathogenic Fungus article.

Awesome! I have only seen the
Awesome! I have only seen them in the tropics before....

Yeah, they're always fun to see.
I saw my first non-tropical one just a year or two ago.

Since then, I've probably found ten or more. I even found 5 on the same tree once!

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