Carpenter Ants Under Glass

Some recent shots from my travels:

First of all, for the person who asked about the red spots in their ant farm. Do the spots look anything like the red dot on the middle leg on the left side of this photograph?  That is a mite.

The ant is a winged Camponotus pennsylvanicus “princess.”

I don’t usually manipulate the ants I photograph, but these were in a log that had been split for firewood, so I thought I’d play around with holding them in and under glass.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus ants are more cooperative than most.

I kind of like the results.

What do you think?

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