Black Carpenter Ant

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I found this black carpenter ant crawling around at a park in Charlotte. I took this picture around 1:00pm.

Taxonomy

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Hymenoptera

Family: Formicidae

Fun Fact!

According to Insect Identification, “Black Carpenter Ants do bite, though they cannot sting. Another defensive maneuver they use is spraying formic acid at a possible threat. All members of the family Formicidae build up an internal store of formic acid and use it to ward off predators.” (http://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Black-Carpenter-Ant)