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Subject:  What kind of bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southwest PA
Date: 09/14/2017
Time: 10:31 PM EDT
I recently bought a home and discovered the bugs I uploaded in the picture. I am not sure, but I have been told they are termites or possibly ants? Can you take a look and confirm? It is greatly appreciated!
How you want your letter signed:  JAF

Carpenter Ants

Dear JAF,
These are Carpenter Ants, not Termites.  If it is any consolation to your, according to BugGuide:  “Omnivorous – eat honeydew, sap, living and dead insects, etc. Do not eat wood, only nest in it, and usually only after fungi have softened it.”

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Subject: New ants spotted
Location: Southeast Washington TriCities
August 21, 2017 7:54 pm
Have been seeing these larger type ants on my back patio the last 4-5 days and have never seen these before with the reddish abdomens. Have recently been swarmed with Mediterranean Seed Bugs and wonder if there is some relationship. What is the name of these ants?
Signature: Gerry Presby

Carpenter Ant

Dear Gerry,
This looks like a Carpenter Ant, and your indication that you are seeing “larger type ants” supports that identification as Carpenter Ants are quite large.  Your individual resembles this image posted to BugGuide that is identified as being in the genus
Camponotus Subgenus Tanaemyrmex.

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Subject: Fleeing the scene of the crime…
Location: Sussex County, NJ
August 12, 2017 1:05 pm
I thought you might enjoy this one for your Life Cycle gallery. A Sycamore Assassin Nymph leaving the corpse of a small ant. Kind of hard to be discreet when wearing an orange jumpsuit…
Have a great weekend.
Signature: Deborah Bifulco

Sycamore Assassin Bug eats Ant

Dear Deborah,
Thanks for providing your image of an immature Sycamore Assassin Bug and the corpse of an Ant it has feasted upon.  As you indicated, it will be an excellent addition to our Food Chain tag.

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Subject: Large Ant
Location: Stow, Ohio
June 9, 2017 11:10 am
Found this guy snooping around the house today. 6/917
Signature: Cooper

Eastern Black Carpenter Ant

Dear Cooper,
This is an Eastern Black Carpenter Ant,
Camponotus pennsylvanicus.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is “Broadleaf and mixed forests (both floodplain and upland), woodlands, tree-studded parks, cemeteries, and lawns. The nest is in dead, usually already rotten wood. Occasionally nest in wooden buildings, typically where wet or dry rot has softened the wood. Probably increasing in numbers and distribution in the West due to extensive tree planting in the Plains.”

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Subject: Huge ant in Costa Rica
Location: Tortuguero, Costa Rica
June 6, 2017 4:35 pm
Hi Bugman,
In ten years of living in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, I’ve never seen this species of ant before. It was quite slow, and apparently somewhat blind. Hope you can help!
Signature: Jen

Leafcutter Ant Queen

Dear Jen,
This is a queen Leafcutter Ant, and we usually get images of winged alates when they swarm.  Once they have mated, they shed their wings and look for a place to establish a colony.  Here is an image from Ask A Biologist.

Leafcutter Ant Queen

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Subject: WTB ?
Location: N.E. Alabama
May 28, 2017 10:03 am
My daughter n law was bit by what she described as a flying ant outside. Later the next day I found this in the floor of my laundry room thinking it mite have been what bit her.
Signature: Dmeado

Carpenter Ant Alate

Dear Dmeado,
Earlier today we posted an image from North Carolina of what we believe to be a male Carpenter Ant alate, the winged reproductive form that swarms when weather conditions are right.  We believe your image is that of a female Carpenter Ant alate, possibly
Camponotus castaneus, based on this BugGuide image.  We believe the best way to distinguish the males from the females is the shape of the head and the longer antennae on the males as he uses his antennae to help locate a female.  BugGuide notes:  “Alates noted May-June (Mississippi) and September (Mississippi, North Carolina)” so your swarm seems quite on schedule.

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