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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Camponotus bedoti

Camponotus bedoti (Colobopsis group) is a small species of arboreal ants living inside tree branches and branchlets. Most of the Colobopsis group of Camponotus nests in living shrubs and trees.

This species is dimorphic. Like most species of the Colobopsis group the truncated head feature is minimally or not at all expressed in the minor workers and progressively more pronounced moving up in the size of the workers morphology. In this particular species only the queen and major workers have the truncated head feature. The main purpose (or function) of this head shape is to plug the entrance into the nest usually found in the core of branches and branchlets of shrubs and trees. In many cases (but not all) of the Colobopsis group the major workers primary role is as repletes and nest defense, with the minor (and median) workers handling most or all of the food foraging and brood care. The major workers also play the major role in the ‘carpentry work’ on the nests.


Minor worker of Camponotus bedoti
Minor worker of Camponotus bedoti.

Major worker of Camponotus bedoti
Major worker of Camponotus bedoti.

Queen of Camponotus bedoti
Queen of Camponotus bedoti.

Major worker of Camponotus bedoti
Major worker of Camponotus bedoti.

Major worker of Camponotus bedoti
Major worker of Camponotus bedoti.

Major worker of Camponotus bedoti
Major worker of Camponotus bedoti.

Gyne and major worker of Camponotus bedoti
Gyne and major worker of Camponotus bedoti.

Minor workers of Camponotus bedoti
Minor workers of Camponotus bedoti.

Minor and major workers of Camponotus bedoti with larvae, pupae and eggs
Minor and major workers of Camponotus bedoti. with brood.

Minor and major workers of Camponotus bedoti with larvae, pupae and eggs
Minor and major workers of Camponotus bedoti with brood.




Taxonomy:
Top Node: cellular organisms
Superkingdom: Eukayota 2759
Opisthokonta 33154
Kingdom: Metazoa 33208 (aka Animalia)
(No Rank): Eumetazoa 6072
(No Rank): Bilateria 33213
(No Rank): Protostomia 33317
(No Rank): Ecdysozoa 1206784
(No Rank):Panarthropoda 88770
Phylum: Arthropoda 6656
(No Rank): Mandibulata 197563
(No Rank): Pancrustacea 197562
Superclass: Hexapoda 6960
Class: Insecta 50557
(No Rank): Dicondylia 85512
(No Rank): Petrygota 7496
Subclass: Neoptera33340
Infraclass: Endopterygota 33392
Order: Hymenoptera 7399
(No Rank): Apocrita 7400
Suborder: Aculeata 7434
Superfamily: Vespoidea 34725
Family: Formicidae 36668
Subfamily: Formicinae 7479
Tribe: Camponotini 72773
Genus: Camponotus 13390
Species: bedoti


Last Updated: 2013 12 12
First Posted: 2013 12 12
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