Carpenter ants build colonies in rotten, dying and dead trees.
They create artful designs inside spruce and pine and poplar where some tunnel walls are paper-thin.
Unlike termites which eat wood, carpenter ants cut it up with their strong jaws and dump it outside. Piles of sawdust at the bottom of a tree are their calling card.
Large ants with attitude and a nasty bite. They don’t let go. They’re the pit bulls of the insect world. Ask me. I know. Stick pins in your skin for the same effect.
Carpenter ant Camponotus sp.