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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Camponotus Parius

Camponotus parius is a common black Camponotus species found throughout the country, though in heavily forested areas they are rarely found. This ant has a slight golden sheen. The species is dimorphic with a minor and major worker caste. This is one species of the Camponotus genus that forages for food during most part of the day. In medium to large Camponotus species the bulk of the foraging is typically carried out at night. Day time foraging is commonly restricted to mostly minor workers individually but in the occasional group foraging there may be one or more major workers accompanying.

The Campontus parius worker (minor).

The Campontus parius worker (minor).

Major worker of Camponotus parius (top view).

Major worker of Camponotus parius (lateral view).

The major worker of Camponotus parius.

Camponotus parius workers with brood.

Camponotus workers collecting sweet secretions of a flower.

Camponotus workers collecting sweet secretions of a flower.

Camponotus queen and workers.

Camponotus major and minor workers.

The dealated gyne of Camponotus parius.

 The first batch of brood.

A new gyne with her almost to eclosion brood.

The first brood of minor workers typical of most ants and termites are very much smaller than those of a mature nest.

 Conditional upon sufficient food the first major worker expression can be seen something into third month of the nest founding (photo top and bottom).

Around slightly over a month after the first major worker eclosed the colony should have around 7.

The female alate of Camponotus parius.

Lsat Updated: 2017 01 19
First Posted: 2010 05 18
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