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acerola



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:39 pm    Post subject: Cork Head Ant Reply with quote

I found a special ant today. It is Camponotus truncatus. It nests wood in small colonies. The queen and the mayors has a special head. They can block the small entrance with their head. When an ant from the colony arrives the mayor go back and let it enter. The enemies has a hard time to go in the colony. Unfortunately I did not find the nest entrance. It would be a hard job to make a picture from the entrance, but it could be a very unique picture.

This is the first time I found this ant. I collected a specimen to stack it later. Twisted Evil



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How interesting!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good pictures, like the first one most. An interesting adaption to that ants face. Never seen anything like this.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beats me too! Shocked That is unusual! Shocked Great images by the way. I have never heard of nor seen such an ant. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice find and great pictures, better than those in Seifert´s book!

You know Péter, I was kinda waiting for you to post a picture of this famous species with the chances of encoutering it being much higher down in the South at your place.
I encountered C. truncatus the first time several years ago in a warm wine-growing area of Germany. A specimen of the major morph is in my collection and, of course, on the "to-be-stacked list" Cool Wink .

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting stuff, look forward to your stack!

Never heard of these before, I guess we don't get them in the UK?

First picture is really nice for an ant in the wild, I know how tricky they are! I'm assuming they are not HUGE ants?! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An excellent find and beautiful pictures. I have seen these on a show I saw on the animal or Discover Channel TV. I found (not personally, in my book "Ants of North America") a species in the USA Camponotus (Colobopsis) obliquus a small species that forms small ardoreal colonies. Most common in the southeastern USA, it has the same plug shaped head...start looking Ken Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Betty: My old dream was just to make a picture from them. It is really surprised me that I find it, and what surprises me more that I find it on the place I visit 5-6 times in a year for a while (my main photo site).

lauriek: They are 4-5 mm long.

beetleman: I checked it in antweb. The USA species are quite the same at the first glance. It can be found in Florida for example.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just checked antweb and there are at least 10 cork head species under Camponotus. More of them from the USA, so you can keep your eyes open. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nest in dead limb 60' up in pond pine
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful, I love those ants. They have long been considered a separate genus Colobopsis, but are now considered to belong in Camponotus.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never seen anything like it !!. This would be one of the most interesting ant shots out. I'm amazed Shocked

All the best and fantastic detail BTW. Great work and shots.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha that first one is real funny, great shots of an unusual insect.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gordon: Interesting that it became Camponotus, it is more similar to Dolichoderus by the look of them.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is still some debate as to whether the correct placement is Campontus or not. They are unquestionably a Formicine though and not a Dolichoderine. However about the only feature in which they differ is the head shape which is not considered by most the be significant enough to warrant their own genus
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