Subject: Gravid Queen Carpenter Ant?
Location: Wythe County, southwest VA, USA
December 7, 2015 9:36 pm
I’m not sure of the ID of this insect. I’m guessing it is a Carpenter Ant–a gravid queen–but I’m not sure. My son has been replacing a section of our roof here in southwest VA. He discovered this insect today on a rotten board that he had removed and had thrown to the ground. It was cold, so it was hardly moving, which made it easy to photograph. Thank you for any help in ID!
Signature: Carolyn

Oil Beetle

Oil Beetle

Dear Carolyn,
Many people mistake Oil Beetles, the flightless Blister Beetle in your image, for queen ants.

Thank you so very much!  This is the first time I’ve seen one!  Love your website!

Location: Wythe County, Virginia

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