Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Carpenter Ants
  • Order Name: Hymenoptera
  • Family Name: Formicidae

This Order of insects include sawflies, horntails, wood wasps, ensign wasps, Ichneumonids, fairyflies, fig wasps, chalcids, gall wasps, cuckoo wasps, yellow-faced bees, sweat bees, leafcutter bees, carpenter bees, honey bees, bumble bees, orchid bees, velvet ants, spider wasps, paper wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, mud-dauber wasps and ants.

Gnawing away at a decomposing log by the side of a tropical stream in Ecuador, these carpenter ants make their homes in excavated wood chambers. Formicid ants are quite varied but can be easily recognized by their elbow-shaped antennae. Most ants exhibit societal organization with female worker castes doing the brunt of the work. Surrealist artist, Salvador Dali often included groupings of ants within his paintings and was generally fascinated by their activities.