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Large Ant with Golden Striped Abdomen - Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Large Ant with Golden Striped Abdomen - Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Prospect Park, Kings County, New York, USA
September 10, 2011
About the size of a carpenter ant.

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The lighting of your photo does show the golden pubescence of the gaster of this ant particularly well, and it's possible this specimen has the fuzz a bit more dense or longer than usual. The ant is basically black, and on this well-fed one, the abdominal segments are expanded ("telescoped", if you will), so that the normally hidden and hairless (thus, all black) anterior portions of the tergites are exposed, yielding the banded appearance.

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