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Some neat bugs!
Hi Bugman!
Near Lake Erie, while birding, I spotted this ant. It seemed ‘different’ to me and I’m cluelss as to his unwilling meal. I found it and others like it climbing a tree of which half was rotten. (The rotten half had a delightful colony of baby garter snakes looking up into the bright sun above). Thanks for your help.
Cathy Wilson

Hi Cathy,
These big black ants are Carpenter Ants.

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Ant colony surviving Hurricane Wilma
Just thought you might be interested in seeing how a colony of ants survived Hurricane Wilma in Sebring, Florida. I think they are fire ants, but not positive.
Mike D.
Sebring, Florida

Hi Mike,
Ants sure have a strong survival instinct. During the 1983 El Ni

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unknown ant
this ant was found in southeastern georgia, sandhill habitat. it was found alone the long jaws caught my eye. any idea what species it may be?
sarah and anthony, GA

Hi Sarah and Anthony,
Your photo matches a photo of a worker Trapjaw Ant in the genus Odontomachus that we located on BugGuide.

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Dear Mr Bugman,
Thanks for helping me identify a few Bugs. I am quite impressed with your collection of photographs. You have helped me acquire quite a bit of knowledge, Thank you! Hopefully you may be able to use these Ant Photo’s I’ve included. Maybe they will help someone else along the way. These ants were almost a half inch long, in southwestern Colorado, close to Ridgway. Elevation about 8200 ft. Late August. Carpenter Ants? I’m also glad that I’m not alone in the bug lovin’ world. Afterall they don’t eat much. Some think I’m nuts, as I’ve reared a few spiders . Orb Weavers and Widows. Rather fascinating and contrasting web construction. Both very strong silk. I would love to help you add to your collection of photos. If your so inclined. Thanks again!
All the Best with Kindest regards,
Brad Stolte
Spring Valley, Ca

Hi Brad,
Thanks for the nice letter. We are proud of our photo collection, but have to give all the credit to our readership. Now, regarding your ant identification. First the discaimer: We find it very difficult to possitively identify ants. That said, we believe we found a match by turning to BugGuide. This could be the genus Camponotus. We will post and drop Eric Eaton a line to get a confirmation.

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Bizzare Fly-type things in my room?
Just today I’ve been finding tons of little red fly style things hanging around my desk. What could they be and where could they be coming from? They are very pesky and I’d like to get rid of them. I’ve attached two somewhat clear pictures. Thanks.

You have Flying Ants. There must be a nearby nest and that is where the kings and queens are originating for their nuptial and only flight.

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