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Camponotus compressus, the common black ant is one of the most abundant and best known species of ants in India. The worker is a large jet-black ant ranging in length from 6 to 16 mm. with moderately large eyes, brownish legs and antennae and a prominent shining abdomen. These ants live in enormous communities, traveling long distances from their nests, and are active at all times of day and night. Though ordinarily of a peaceful disposition, when alarmed or disturbed they may display a tendency to be quarrelsome.Ants attack and defend themselves by biting and in many species, by stinging, often injecting or spraying chemicals like formic acid for which we feel pain but not fatal.
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