Camponotus ligniperdus (Camponotus ligniperda) is one of the largest European species of ant (a lot larger than Messor barbarus). Sometimes known as the Black-Red Carpenter ant, they are distributed over Central Europe from France and Germany to Bulgaria and Greece. Camponotus ligniperdus 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. In nature the Camponotus ligniperdus 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 Red-Brown colouration around the body.
Description of Workers:6-14mm Long, Black-Brown with Red-Brown colouration around the body
Rearing Difficulty (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): 1
Feeding:Insects, 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 Ytong, 13mm Acrylic
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 AntKit if you no longer wish to keep them and we will arrange for them to be collected from you at no cost.