So this is an ant… a Camponotus socius and a very cute one! Just look at that face!
As you know, extremely challenging to photograph… I managed to get a couple of shots.
They are primarily in the sandhill habitats, which a common name, I think would be sandhill ant, however, I am not sure if it does have a common name. The link below has some great information about their nesting abilities.
Common name for this ant is the Sandhill Carpenter Ant! Thank you Peter Slingsby
Read it all here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21425185