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Species Camponotus herculeanus - Hercules Carpenter Ant

Camponotus - Camponotus herculeanus - female Formicidae 6.15.09 02 - Camponotus herculeanus Northwest Territories Ant - Camponotus herculeanus Ant ? - Camponotus herculeanus Gnarly ant - Camponotus herculeanus Black Ant - Camponotus herculeanus Camponotus herculeanus ? - Camponotus herculeanus herculeanus vs novaeboracensis - Camponotus herculeanus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Formicoidea (Ants)
Family Formicidae (Ants)
Subfamily Formicinae
Tribe Camponotini
Genus Camponotus (Carpenter Ants)
No Taxon (Subgenus Camponotus)
Species herculeanus (Hercules Carpenter Ant)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Formica herculeana Linnaeus 1758
Holarctic; conifer forests of Canada, Northern USA, and Rocky Mountains. Range extends to tree line in north, unlike related species.
This is a boreal and montane species, inhabiting spruce-fir and pine forests, and also one of the few ants that can live in the NW temperate rain forests. Nests are in rotting wood of standing and fallen dead trees and stumps, and in hollows and dead limbs of living trees.
In New Brunswick can be superficially similar to C. novaeboracencis
See Also
Camponotus pennsylvanicus has a black instead of dark red propedeum.