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

Tribe: Camponotini

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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Camponotus Ligniperda Queen Ant Live Queen Ant

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