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Camponotus vagus - AntKit
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Camponotus vagus


Camponotus vagus is a large Black, hairy and aggressive species of Carpenter ant, they are distributed over South and Central Europe.  Camponotus vagus 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.  The Camponotus vagus only has one Queen per colony.  A well established Queen and colony can number up to 1,000 worker ants..  They are active both day and night.

This ant is suitable for beginners.

Description of Queen: 14-16mm Long, Jet Black and hairy.

Description of Workers: 6-13mm Long,  Jet Black and hairy.

Temperature: 21-29 °C

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

Temperature: 21-28°C

Humidity: 50-60%


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: 9-13mm


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.

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