Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Black carpenter ants
Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Location: stumps and deadfall
In their natural environment, carpenter ants nest in dead trees and other dead wood. This enhances decay, which has ecological benefits. Carpenter ants are large (¼ in–1 in) ants indigenous to many parts of the world. They prefer dead, damp wood in which to build nests. Sometimes carpenter ants will hollow out sections of trees. The most likely species to be infesting a house in the United States is the Black carpenter ant, Camponotus pennsylvanicus. However, there are over a thousand other species in the genus Camponotus.
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Genus: Camponotus (carpenter ants)
Family: Formicidae (ants)
Order: Hymenoptera (sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants.)
Class: Insecta (Insects)
Phylum/Division: Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)