These Black Carpenter Ants are big. The biggest are around 0.5in/1cm in length. They were observed in the Great Trinity Forest and were busy feeding on this weird yellow goo when I found them. I have no idea what this sticky-looking stuff is, but it was attracting flies and pillbugs too. If anyone has a suggestion as to what this goop might be, please leave it in the comment section below.

UPDATE – August 3, 2020

This substance has been identified as River Otter “anal jelly” as described in an article from the Smithsonian Magazine. Read more by following the link below.

Observations Details

DateJun 10, 2012
Time of DayMidmorning
TemperatureHot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Type of BehaviorFeeding
ObserverChris Jackson

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