Camponotus laevigatus


  

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Campononotus laevigatus minor worker on nest log. These ants have a spectacular glossiness to their exoskeletons - they almost look wet.
Campononotus laevigatus minor worker on nest log. These ants have a spectacular glossiness to their exoskeletons - they almost look wet.
Campononotus laevigatus major worker, side view
Campononotus laevigatus major worker, side view
Campononotus laevigatus major worker, closeup of head. The gunk on her right mandible is a piece of the cookie that I used as bait.
Campononotus laevigatus major worker, closeup of head. The gunk on her right mandible is a piece of the cookie that I used as bait.
Campononotus laevigatus minor worker, emerging from nest hole in log.
Campononotus laevigatus minor worker, emerging from nest hole in log.
Campononotus laevigatus major worker, held in my fingers for scale. She is biting on a piece of wood...I am very happy that it is not my finger....
Campononotus laevigatus major worker, held in my fingers for scale. She is biting on a piece of wood...I am very happy that it is not my finger....
Campononotus laevigatus major worker, near cookie bait.
Campononotus laevigatus major worker, near cookie bait.
Campononotus laevigatus minor worker.
Campononotus laevigatus minor worker.
Campononotus laevigatus major worker. In the lower left of the photo is a Pheidole minor worker that was also going after the cookie bait. The Camponotus would groom frantically after biting at the Pheidole.
Campononotus laevigatus major worker. In the lower left of the photo is a Pheidole minor worker that was also going after the cookie bait. The Camponotus would groom frantically after biting at the Pheidole.
Campononotus laevigatus major worker, closeup of head. At the lower right corner of the photo is a Pheidole  minor worker killed by the Camponotus.
Campononotus laevigatus major worker, closeup of head. At the lower right corner of the photo is a Pheidole minor worker killed by the Camponotus.