Brown-black carpenter ant – Camponotus ligniperda – Builds nests in decaying trunks

Brown-black carpenter ant – Camponotus ligniperda – Builds nests in decaying trunks

Brown-black carpenter ant – Camponotus ligniperda – It is a species of the largest Polish and European ant inhabiting forests and open areas covered with shrubs.
 
Adult individuals reach from 6 to 18 mm. Worker bees live more than 10 years. They build nests in decaying tree trunks and large trees in the underground part. Sometimes they choose old rotting wooden buildings for their nests.

Although it may seem that these ants feed on wood, they do not actually digest cellulose. On sultry days, they become aggressive and are able to bite even a human severely. Their bites are painful and burning.

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