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Bug ID and Bite Info [a: de-alate queen carpenter ant]

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  1. Over_This

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    Posted 2 months ago
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    I know you can't go by bites alone, but on Sunday night, this huge boil (sorry, gross, I know) began to form on my neck. It has a small yellow blister in the middle, and it hurts. My hair ordinarily hides it, so whenever my hair touches it, it itches a little as well.

    I can't think of anywhere I would have been exposed to anything, but I have no idea what's caused this. The only clue I might have is the insect in the photo below. He looks a little intimidating, but I don't know if he's even capable of biting/stinging.

    What do you think? Thanks for your help in advance!

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Tue Jul 11 2017 20:00:35
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    I think you have ants.

  3. Over_This

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    Tue Jul 11 2017 21:55:06
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    I thought it might be a large ant, but I was holding out hope it would explain the mysterious damage to my neck.

    Ah well. Back to the drawing board of madness.

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    Hi,

    Yes its a black ant.

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    It looks like a carpenter ant, a species of Camponotus. Its (I should say her) thoracic composition suggests a de-alate queen. Might be from a new swarm of fertile males and females and it was looking for a place to start her nest, raise a first brood of workers. De-alate means that it starts out with wings and after mating pulls them off, but leaves a basal scale on the thorax. Workers don't have this thoracic morphology.

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    Thanks Lou and David!

    Lou, I've been researching carpenter ants to learn if they bite. All I've seen says it's pretty rare. If it's possible, could they inflict a nasty bite with a blister? The doctor said it's infected, and I normally don't react like this to insect bites.

    Thanks!

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    Over_This - 12 hours ago  » 
    Thanks Lou and David!
    Lou, I've been researching carpenter ants to learn if they bite. All I've seen says it's pretty rare. If it's possible, could they inflict a nasty bite with a blister? The doctor said it's infected, and I normally don't react like this to insect bites.
    Thanks!

    No, the ant isn't the culprit here.


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