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Florida Carpenter Ant Facts
- Location: This species is largely found throughout Florida and ranges in distribution north to North Carolina and west to Mississippi
- Alternative names: Mound ants, wood ants and thatching ants
- Color: Red and black
- Size: Workers vary in size, ranging from ¼ to 3/8 inch in length and winged females are the largest reaching up to ¾ inch in length
- Appearance: Black abdomens with reddish-brown thoraxes and heads
Florida Carpenter Ant Behavior
Florida carpenter ants most commonly nest around man-made structures with preferences for humid environments. Most are considered pests of minor importance.
These bi-colored ants are among the largest ants found in Florida, making them apparent as they forage or fly indoors and out. The thorax and head are ash brown to rusty-orange and the abdomen is black. Their many coarse, long body hairs are brown to golden brown in color and shorter than those on the body.
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