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Due to the amount of ants throughout the United States is most likely to be one of the carpenter ant species.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus is one such species found throughout the United States and is typically of the small size compared to many other ones. These smaller type ants are 1 to 2 cm and have a bullish brown/blackish body and if you flip them over the look on their belly also called their abdomen will see that they have white or yellow hair sticking out from them.

A common misconception is that all winged ants are actually females, which is incorrect. Most people think that these are the Queens that have the wings so that they can fly from the colony. The workers of the wet carpenter ants are wingless  while the breeding males have wings.

The carpenter in colony generally has a lot of females compared to the males. You can have up to 3000 female workers with the Queen and up to 400 of the breeding males that are producing the eggs for new ant stock. These workers cannot reproduce and are considered sterile and they will only leave the Queen to incubate their eggs during ant breeding season.

Can you guess what the job of the ants in the carpenter colony is? It's pretty simple. They only have one function which is workers find food and the queens and males bring to keep their colony alive.