Subject: what bus is this?
Location: Washington, D.C.
May 9, 2014 10:20 am
Please help identify this bug found in a home.
Signature: Vika

Carpenter Ant Alate

Carpenter Ant Alate

Hi Vika,
This looks like the winged reproductive form or alate of a Carpenter Ant.  See this image on BugGuide for comparison.

Location: Washington, D.C.

One Response to Carpenter Ant Alate

  1. Ben says:

    If your daughter-in-law was bitten by an ant alate, chances are that it was a semi claustral species or a Camponotus female alate. All semi-claustral ant queens forage for food while raising their young, and they have well developed mandibles. Some species have stingers or formic acid spray, so that amplifies the bite. They are also more likely to wander in the open without a nuptial flight in session.
    Camponotus alates are fully claustral, but they have powerful mandibles and formic acid spray. They tend to spray formic acid into a bite wound to amplify the pain.
    (normal ant bites do not hurt unless a Leafcutter ant soldier bites)

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