I'm wanting to earn my first correct ID. Finally found something that I know isn't S invictus. They're big so I guessed they're camponotus. The only camponotus I see with this color pattern is: http://www.antwiki.o...notus_castaneus
Did I get it right?
1. Location (on a map) of collection: South Atlanta, Georgia
2. Date of collection: Seen on 10/12/17
3. Habitat of collection: Parking lot island, near 10 foot grass barrier and then forest.
4. Length (from head to gaster): I'm not good at guessing this, the pictures have pinestraw for size reference.
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: Yellow, slightly translucent, solid in color.
6. Distinguishing characteristics: Large, uniform in size, appears bright yellow in the sun.
7. Distinguishing behavior: Very fast and erratic movement. They appeared to be moving individually any not communicating. I put my foot on the edge of the pavement while i was spectating them and when i lift my foot the they had accumulated under my shoe and scattered with the light.
9. Nuptial flight time and date: N/A, this is an established colony. I would guess that there were approximately 40-70 workers visible.
[Images of ant]
[Images of nest]
I think they live in this rotted root system. I see thin caked dirt walls filling the grabs vertically between the elevated roots and the dirt.