Joined: 04 Sep 2008
Location: southern New Brunswick, Canada
|Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 7:59 am Post subject: Eastern Carpenter Ant
Common throughout eastern NA with colonies up to 15,000 workers.
Nests exclusively in rotting wood, either above ground or on the ground.
Recognizable by large size, up to 14 mm, all black body with golden hairs on the gaster (abdomen).
Top image: nest entrance, guarded by workers, in a wooden power-line pole at edge of a bog.
Bottom: last worker to leave from beneath a large piece of wood on forest floor.
Top: Nikon 200mm AF Macro-Nikkor @ f/22
Bottom: Nikon 200 AF Macro-Nikkor + 5T close-up attachment @ f/22
creosoted pole, wet soil and wood, shiny black ants, and flash make for spectacular highlights!
For lateral view (dead) see:
student of entomology
Quote – Holmes on ‘Entomology’
” I suppose you are an entomologist ? “
” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.
Nikon camera, lenses and objectives
Olympus microscope and objectives