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PREHISTORIC FORMICIDAE (Ants) OF THE LATE JURASSIC - MID-CRETACEOUS PERIODS

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From: "The Wonderful World of Ants" & "Gardening Tips".

Carpenter Ants
by Carolyn Pararas-Carayannis

Carpenter Ants are very adaptable large ants that make use of decaying wood and a wide variety of protected, secluded areas for nesting. Although most nest in wood, some species - like Camponotus castaneus - prefer to dwell in soil. Contrary to popular belief, Carpenter Ants (often referred to as "Wood Ants") are unable to digest cellulose and, therefore, do not eat wood. Instead, they tunnel through moist or decaying wood compromised by read more

The Fire Ant
by Dr. Carolyn Pararas-Carayannis

Fire ants are aggressive, stinging ants. Although they are quite tiny and vary in size from 2mm - 6mm, their bites pack quite a punch. If they are on you they will sting you - and it hurts! Fire ants are copper-brown in appearance with slightly darker abdomens. They live in large colonies and one often sees their mounds read more


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