I’ve gotten to know the Florida carpenter ant quite well. We keep a beautiful colony in the lab. The colony, which has been raised from a single mated queen, cannot be kept in the warmer insectary because these ants are so active that they will escape their tray and raid our other lab colonies and tenebrionids.
Another lab in the building has been looking at the sarcomeres of the floridanus jaw muscles, so they come by occasionally and borrow from our convenient colony. Here’s a tip, you’ll get a mouthful of formic acid if you try to aspirate these gals, so pluck em with tweezers instead.