Order Hymenoptera encompasses Ants, Bees, and Wasps. About 18,000 types reside in North Amerca (excluding Mexico). Like other insects, they have chewing mouth parts for breaking down food sources. Ants can deliver bites through their mandibles while Bees and Wasps sting to repel threats and subdue prey. The order typically operates during the warm summer months across Tennessee. Bees are an utterly important part of the state's ecosystem, eating pollen and nectar to help raise their young - Bee by-products are essential in many human products and their pollinating action serves many other purposes. While Bees and Wasps live in carefully constructed nests, the social Ant survives in colony made up of networked tunnels. The furry Bumble Bee is not aggressive by nature though disturbing an in-ground nest of Yellow Jacket wasps will be a mistake made only once!
Other Names: "Carpenter Ant; Black Ant"
The Taxonomic Breakdown is the scientific way to categorize a partocular insect species from its largest group (Animalia) to its smallest (variable). The Genus and Species categorizations taken together make up the species' scientific name shown above, in this case Camponotus pennsylvanicus.
Biting: This insect is known to bite. Exercise caution.
Caution: Caution should be exercised around this insect.
Harmful: Known to be harmful in one way or another.
Indoors: Can be found indoors; inside dwellings.
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.
Pantry Pest: Targets indoor human and pet food sources.
Pest: Generally considered a pest to humans.
Six-Legged: Six legs are common to this insect.
The Black Carpenter Ant is also known by these other names:
Carpenter Ant :: Black Ant
The Black Carpenter Ant has been identified by site users by the following descriptors:
pest   kitchen   harmful   acid   biting   black   hairy   fuzzy   gray   grey   yellow   brown   outdoors   indoors   six-legged
The general likelihood of encountering this insect based on a given month of the year in the state of Tennessee. Generally, the best sighting months are June through August with peak occurring in July.
Below is a representation of the 'smallest-small' and 'largest-large' sizes commonly associated with the Black Carpenter Ant. Due to monitor differences, sizes may not be exact on your particular screen. Conversions to millimeters are provided for convenience.
0.24 inches (6 mm)
0.51 inches (13 mm)
Below you will find the colors most commonly associated with the Black Carpenter Ant. Both Primary and Secondary colors are represented in the showcase. Due to monitor differences, colors may not be exact representations.
The Black Carpenter Ant can be found in the following Tennessee counties:
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