Ant-hunting at Clinton Lake 12 Comments / illinois, Nature / By alexwild Spread the loveCamponotus chromaiodes. The distinct red markings separate this from the common eastern carpenter ant C. pennsylvanicus. I took the camera to nearby Clinton Lake yesterday afternoon looking to add some photos to the North American ant guide project. Here is some of the catch. A prairie restoration at Clinton Lake Recreation Area Clinton Lake north shore An acrobat ant (Crematogaster cerasi) tending milkweed aphids (Aphis nerii) A queen carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus) in the nest. Myrmica punctiventris worker with pupa Aphaenogaster thread-waisted ants are part of nature's clean-up crew, combing the forest floor for scavengable food. Here they take care of a cockroach carcass. Inside an Aphaenogaster nest. Aphaenogaster tennesseensis workers were coming and going from this chestnut on the forest floor. I suspect they were preying on a beetle grub inside, but I left them alone rather than crack the nut to find out. Synemosyna formica, an ant-mimic jumping spider. Note the light bands on the body, designed to strengthen the illusion of a narrow ant-waist and the narrow head attachment. Not an ant, of course, but who can resist the marvelous monarch butterfly?