Camponotus herculeanus is one of the largest European species of ant (a lot larger than Messor barbarus).åÊSometimes known as the Black Carpenter ant, they are distributed over Central Europe from Sweden and Norway to Poland and Germany. åÊCamponotus herculeanus can produce major workers which are almost as big as their Queen. åÊThe nest should have both a dry and a moist area. åÊThis species of ant can be kept at room temperature, however an additional heat spot is recommended. åÊThis species only has one Queen per colony. åÊA well established Queen and colony can number up to 10,000 worker ants. åÊThey are active both day and night.
This ant is suitable for beginners.
Description of Queen:åÊ14-16mm Long, Black-Brown with åÊsome Red-Brown colouration around the body depending on origin of the Queen.åÊ
Description of Workers:åÊ7-14mm Long,åÊBlack-Brown with Red-Brown colouration around the bodyåÊ
Rearing Difficulty (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): åÊ1
Feeding:åÊInsects, sugar water, honey water
Hibernation Required:åÊYes, from October to March
Feeding Note:åÊConsume almost any form of protein.
Nest Suitability: Ytong / Acrylic / Glass / Soil / Plaster
Minimum Tube / Connector Diameter: 9mm
Life span of Queen:åÊ15 years P
These ants are not native to the UK and is therefore illegal to release them into the wild. Please contact AntKit if you no longer wish to keep them and we will arrange for them to be collected from you at no cost.