Camponotus Ligniperda Queen Ant with workers
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Latin Name: Camponotus ligniperdus
Synonyms: Camponotus ligniperda
Trivialname: brown black carpenter ant
Taxonomy: Subfamily: Formicinae
Keeping Level: (1) for beginners with a colony size of at least 10 workers
Distribution: Central Europe
Habitat: prefers mixed woodland with a high part of spruces, also in xeric- and half xeric grassland Colony form: monogyne, rarely oligogenic
Queen: Size: 14 - 16 mm Color: black; chest: partly red colored like the abdomen
Worker: Size: 6 - 13 mm Color: red-black; chest: partly red colored like the abdomen, extremely polymorph( Minor-, Media- and Major workers)
Soldier: not present
Males: Size: 8 - 12 mm Colour: black, slim
Nutrition: Honey and insects e.g. Dipterans like Flies or Mosquitos
Air humidity: Arena: 30 - 50% Nestpart: 50 - 60%
Temperature: Arena: 18 - 28°C Nestpart: 21 - 24°C
Hibernation: yes, from end of October until end of March at 5 - 8°C ( has an endogenic Biorhythm) Nest form: Build their nests under wood with big underground areas; only ground nests
Formicaria size: Size: M - L
Substrate: Farm: Sand-Loam, Cork, softwood Arena: Sand/Sand-Loam
Planting: similar to Forest- and Mountains area with moss, grass and other plants
Decoration: Branches, Roots, Treeneedels,
Description: Camponotus belongs to the biggest ants in Europe. Very inactive and fortified! They attack human beings only in case of nest disturbance. Shows activity by day and night (diurnal and nocturnal). They build nests preferably under wood or stones. A radiant heater should heat a stone or a part of the ant farm from time to time.
Development: mating flight: on warm days May to the end of June at 22 - 28°C
Founding: claustral (without feeding) but also Pleometrosis or Adoptions are possible. Egg to adult worker approx. 8 - 10 Weeks (Egg to Larvae: approx. 10 - 16 days, Larvae to Pupae: approx. 10 - 14 days, Pupae to worker: approx. 10 - 24 days, depending on temperature). The main time of activity is between April to September. The lifespan of the queen can be up to 15 years (still not completely clear).
Colony size: up to 10.000 Individuals
Quantity: one fertilized queen with workers (see selection);
Shipping Restrictions: We do not ship live specimens outside of Europe. These ants are not native to the UK and are therefore illegal to release them into the wild. Please contact us if you no longer wish to keep them and we will email you a prepaid postage label so you can send them back to us.
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