Carpenter Ant

Camponotus sp.

a small Camponotus ant from Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed on foliage of a vine, Cyphostemma, on a pasture fence near Eldoret, Kenya. December 2013. Length is 4 to 5 mm.

This carpenter ant is a generalized predator of mostly small insects and as such is probably a benefit to the plant on which it is hunting; it might possibly prey upon the moth larva that chewed the leaf. The ant can eject formic acid if disturbed and so would not itself be a good food item for a bird.

Formicidae -- Ant Family

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Kenya Natural History

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