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Species: Camponotus discolor   (Buckley, 1866) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Formica discolor Buckley, 1866 PDF: 166 (w.q.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Emery, 1893k PDF: 678 (m.); Wheeler, 1910i PDF: 230 (s.).
Junior synonym of Camponotus marginatus: Mayr, 1886d PDF: 423.
Revived from synonymy as subspecies of Camponotus marginatus: Emery, 1893k PDF: 677.
Revived status as species: Snelling, 1988 PDF: 68.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Mexico, United States
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:



Habitat: C. discolor occurs in open woodlands and closed forest, and I have once seen it, in northeastern Illinois, in wet-mesic sand prairie (but near an old fence row with some woody vegetation and a dead cottonwood nearby).

Natural History: In the above-mentioned prairie setting, C. discolor was nectaring at the glandular hairs on the petioles of Helianthus grosseserratus. Feeding habits are probably much like those of C. nearcticus. Alates of this species are probably reared in late summer and fall, but do not fly until the following May, but there are no collection data to verify this.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 7 times found in Live oak woodland, 9 times found in in old nest of Trypoxylon sp. (mud dauber) on Adventure Island, 2 times found in oak scrub, along creek bed, 2 times found in oak savanna, 1 times found in hickory/juniper woods, 2 times found in juniper woodland, 0 times found in myrtle canopy, 2 times found in Dune heath, 1 times found in juniper scrub, 0 times found in on palms and in soil by palms, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 6 times nest in oak gall, 3 times dead oak gall, 4 times dead branch, 1 times nest in dead composit stalk, 1 times nest in dead oak branch, 1 times in live oak gall, 1 times attending leaf hooppers, 1 times on trunk of large oak by women's club, 1 times on oak tree, 1 times in cynipid oak gall, 1 times foraging, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 5 times search, 8 times direct collection, 2 times Lindgren funnel, 1 times malaise trap, 1 times beating, 1 times hand collected, 1 times hand collecting, 1 times Lindgren funnel baited with Typosan, 1 times pitfall trap, 1 times ultraviolet light trap.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 1560 meters, 269 meters average

Type specimens:

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