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Found these in arid land along Columbia River near Goldendale Wa.  Saw three in area covering about five acres.      - Camponotus

Found these in arid land along Columbia River near Goldendale Wa. Saw three in area covering about five acres. - Camponotus
Mouth of Rock Creek on Columbia River, Klickitat County, Washington, USA
May 15, 2012
Size: 1/2 inch
This appears to be a velvety ant (wasp) but has no hairs evident.

ID'd this ant
I have determined that this ant is a Camponotus Semitestaceus queen through Washington State University.

Thank you all for you input!
Dan

Moved
Those three you saw very likely had just flown, mated, then broken off their wings and set out to find a good nest site for colony founding.
This may be C. ocreatus, but this species is so far only recorded form considerably farther south.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Camponotus semitestaceus I th
Camponotus semitestaceus I think.

No, not a velvet ant ...
... but instead a true ant (Formicidae). Unfortunately, I can't help you beyond that level.

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