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Camponotus herculeanus

Camponotus herculeanus

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Camponotus herculeanus is one of the largest European species of ant (a lot larger than Messor barbarus).  Sometimes known as the Black Carpenter ant, they are distributed over Central Europe from Sweden and Norway to Poland and Germany.  Camponotus herculeanus can produce major workers which are almost as big as their Queen.   The nest should have both a dry and a moist area.   This species of ant can be kept at room temperature, however an additional heat spot is recommended.   This species only has one Queen per colony.   A well established Queen and colony can number up to 10,000 worker ants.   They are active both day and night.

This ant is suitable for beginners.

Description of Queen:14-16mm Long, Black-Brown with some Red-Brown colouration around the body depending on origin of the Queen.

Description of Workers:7-14mm Long,Black-Brown with Red-Brown colouration around the body

Rearing Difficulty (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): 1



Feeding:Insects, sugar water, honey water

Hibernation Required: Yes, from October to March

Feeding Note: Consume almost any form of protein.

Nest Suitability: Ytong / Acrylic / Glass / Soil / Plaster

Minimum Tube / Connector Diameter: 9mm

Life span of Queen: 15 years 


These ants are not native to the UK and is therefore illegal to release them into the wild. Please contact AntsMynala if you no longer wish to keep them and we will arrange for them to be collected from you at no cost.

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