Winged Carpenter Ants we believe

Large ants, but what kind??
Location: Miami FL
December 20, 2010 11:54 am
We have had a few 10mmish ants running around our Miami Florida home lately. They are fairly distinctive because they are mostly light brown with stripes on their their abdomen.
BUT last night there were tonnes of them, along with the larger and slightly darker winged-form too. These ones are about 13mm long. My picture is poor, but they look very similar in head shape to the kinds of ants I grew up watching in Ontario, Canada. Roundish head, thin thorax, striped abdomen. Antenna are about 7-8 mm long total, and without a scope it looks like 2 segments one of 4 or 5 and the other 3mm. I would love to learn roughly what kind of ant this is, if possible.
Signature: Much thanks, sue gallo

Carpenter Ants: Winged Alates

Dear Sue,
Because of their large size, we believe these are Carpenter Ants in the genus
Camponotus.  They are winged reproductive alates.  You can read more about Carpenter Ants on BugGuide.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a species identification.

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