Western Carpenter Ant (Camponotus modoc)
Invertebrates Around Las Vegas, Wildlife Around Las Vegas
Western Carpenter Ant (Camponotus modoc)
Carpenter Ants at a nest entrance in a log. The large ant is guarding the entrance.

General: Western Carpenter Ants (Camponotus modoc) are big black ants of the mountains that nest in wood, usually old logs. Workers and guards are different sizes, but carpenter ants in general are the largest species of ants around Las Vegas. These ants are carnivores that hunt live bugs and collect dead ones; they tunnel into logs to build nests -- not food.

Taxonomy: Class Insecta, Order Hymenoptera, Family Formicidae, Subfamily Formicinae

Where to Find: If you spend any time hiking on Mt. Charleston, you likely will encounter these ants. It seems they like to crawl on people and up pant legs, but fortunately, these big ants rarely bite.

Western Carpenter Ant (Camponotus modoc)

Carpenter Ant guard at nest entrance.

Western Carpenter Ant (Camponotus modoc) Carpenter Ant workers (head of guard can be seen in the entrance hole).
Western Carpenter Ant (Camponotus modoc) Carpenter Ant worker.
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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