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|Species: Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Carpenter ants are 1/2" long and black in color. They are slightly hairy and have elbowed antennae. Some males and queen ants will have wings. Their hindwings are shorther than the forewings.
Habitat & Range
Carpenter ants live across the US, primarily in standing dead trees of forests.
They feed on insects and sugar. Although they will excavate wood they do not eat it.
Females will lay eggs in the spring that will become workers, and lay eggs in the fall that will reproduce themselves. Females that mate will find a new site to start their own colonies.
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