Subject: Wasp, Ant, Other?
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
August 25, 2015 3:07 pm
I have been seeing this bugs around my place and I would like to know what they are? Where are they hiding in my house? Should I be concerned?
This looked to us like a Carpenter Ant alate, the winged caste of reproductive males and females that embark on a nuptial flight to mate and begin new colonies. We suspect they may be coming from within your house and when they emerged, they found themselves indoors instead of outside. We once had a colony living in gorgeous, old cedar floor to ceiling paneling in a Highland Park, Los Angeles bungalow, and each year they would emerge. The head on your individual seemed small compared to most images we have seen, but we found a matching image labeled “Male carpenter ant, Camponotus sp., Massachusetts” on the BugEric blog. BugGuide lists the genus throughout North America.