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Carpenter Ants AKA
Ohio State University States
"Carpenter ants are so-named because these social
insects excavate galleries in wood to create nest sites. They
use their strong jaws (mandibles) to remove quantities
of wood as they expand the size of their nests. Unlike
termites, carpenter ants do not consume wood.
Carpenter ants belong to the genus Camponotus.
Carpenter ants are among the largest ants occurring in
the United States, and some species are about ½ inch
long. However, size alone is not a good diagnostic tool,
because workers of several sizes occur in a single colony.
These polymorphic workers are sometimes called minor,
intermediate, and major workers (from smallest to largest,
"In Ohio, the black carpenter ant, Camponotus pennsylvanicus,
is the most common species (Figure 1). This
ant is black, with very fine whitish or yellowish hairs on
the abdomen. Minor workers of the black carpenter ant
generally are about ¼ inch long and major workers are
approximately ½ inch.
Like other ants, carpenter ants have a constricted waist
and elbowed antennae.
Carpenter ants may be identified based on several
characteristics, including an evenly rounded, arched
thorax, when viewed from the side; one node between
the thorax and abdomen; and a fringe of hairs around
the anal opening at the tip of the abdomen" (OSU)
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