Taken at Arthur J Marshall Wildlife Refuge. My goal was to take panorama sunset photos. I drove to my chosen location only to realize I didn’t bring the proper lens for shooting wide angle. Realizing I had my macro I quickly set out in search of insects before the sun went down.
This ant was using it’s tongue to probe the wood surface it was on, It didn’t seem bothered by my presence as I was very close to get this shot. The ant uses it’s tongue to groom itself(and larvae), beg for food, ingest food, give food to others via trophallaxis, and determine the quality of food. My guess there was something on this wood that captured it’s intention. I touched it’s back leg to see if it was still alive after the shot and it marched off.
The antenna of the compact carpenter ant is 12 segmented, with the terminal segment being slightly elongated and bullet-shaped. The scape is longer than the width of the head. Workers vary in size, ranging from 3 to 6 mm in length. Body hairs on the head, thorax and abdomen are abundant, long and golden, with few hairs on the legs and very few on the base of the scape. There is no stinger. The thorax is evenly convex as is characteristic of carpenter ants. The thorax and head are ash brown and the gaster is blackish, as in C. floridanus, but compact carpenter ants are smaller. There is one petiolar segment. This species is in the subfamily Formicinae, tribe Camponotini.
Info from – entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/ants/c_pla natus.htm