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Carpenter ants of the united states and canada is illustrated with distribution maps 94 halftones 52 line drawings and 24 color plates on a four page insert author information laurel d hansen is an instructor in the department of biology at spokane falls community college. Carpenter ants of the species c pennsylvanicus are considered a pest in the united states since they preferably nest in dead wood and cause structural damage to many houses every year 25. Of the 15000 likely species of ants 900 are species of the carpenter ant genus camponotus of which 50 live in the united states this is a compilation of what is so far known about carpenter ants in spite of many graphs and tables it is quite readable to the person who has an interest. 1 april 2007 carpenter ants of the united states and canada jules silverman author affiliations j of economic entomology 1002626 2007 https doi the kin recognition system of carpenter ants camponotus spp i hierarchical cues in small colonies behav ecol