About Camponotus aethiops
European Species- Carpenter Ant
Temperature: Nest 20- 25°C Outworld 18- 28°C
Humidity: Nest 50- 65% Outworld 30- 60%
Hibernation: Yes from the end of October to the end of March at 10-15°C
Diet: Water (at all times). Carbohydrates like honey water/ sugar water or other. Protein like fresh-killed insects or other.
Colony form: Monogyne/ one queen per colony- Average 500 workers per colony.
Founding Queen: Claustral (without feeding)
Nest type: Acrylic, Y tong, 3D Printed, Natural setup.
Sizes: Queen- 12-13mm/ Worker- 5- 11mm, Extremely Polymorphic (workers vary in size). Can develop majors later on in an established colony.
Bite/ Sting/ Formic acid: Due to their size, the majors may be able to nip.
Description: Camponotus aethiops are known as the carpenter ant due to being able to carve out nests in wood due to their big mandibles. They mainly only attack if their nest is being disturbed to protect the queen and the colony. The workers are extremely Polymorphic meaning the workers differ in size. They are a slow species to get going but once established, can reach impressive numbers. They also show activity both day and night. They're a rather inactive species while young to preserve energy but will show more foraging activity as they mature. This species is on the RED LIST due to being rare which means we do not have many of these queens. Only a handful during a huge nuptial flight last year.
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