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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Camponotus Sp (Colobopsis group)

This species of Camponotus is arboreal, living inside tree trunks and branches. This small “truncatus group” species of the Colobopsis subgenus is dimorphic with two worker caste. In this species both the major and minor workers exhibit the truncation appearance that is definitive of this Camponotus Colobopsis subgenus. 

Most species of Colbopsis subgenus of the Camponotini tribe are true carpenter ants boring into trunks and branches of trees to make their nests.

The pre-dealated queen.
The alate gyne with some minor workers.

A minor worker. A minor worker with the specialised flattened front to block the entrance to their nest inside the branches of trees.
 A minor worker with the specialised flattened front to block the entrance to their nest inside the branches of trees.
 The major worker with the same flattened front of the head. In many species of 'truncatus' only the major worker and gyne has this flatten front.
 Minor worker.
 Minor worker.
 Minor worker.

 Lateral view of a major worker.
 Top view of a major worker.
 Major worker.


Taxonomy:
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Arthropoda
Subphylum - Hexapoda
Class - Insecta
Subclass - Pterygota
Infraclass - Neoptera
Order - Hymenoptera
Suborder - Apocrita
Infraorder - Aculeata
Superfamily - Vespoidea
Family - Formicidae
Subfamily - Formicinae
Tribe - Camponotini
Genus - Camponotus


Last Updated: 2013 01 29
First Posted: 2010 12 02
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