Camponotus japonicus


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Camponotus japonicus

Camponotus japonicus is an Asian ant and is one of the larger species of ants in Asia.  A hardy and undemanding species that is easy to keep.  A fast moving ant that is quick to pose a defensive stance.

This is a completely Black coloured species of Camponotus. Workers can reach up to 14mm in length, these particular workers are called Major workers.  The smaller workers are called Minor workers.

This Camponotus species can be kept at room temperature, however an additional heat spot is appreciated. The nest should have both a dry and moist area.

In nature the Camponotus japonicus only has one Queen per colony, in captivity the colony can develop fast in number of workers with very good feeding. This is a suitable ant for beginners.

Latin Name:  Camponotus japonicus

English Name:   

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

Temperature: Arena,  21-35 °C

                             Nest,    24-28 °C

Hibernation:  No.

Humidity: Arena,  30-50%

                      Nest,  50-70%

Diet:  Sugar-water, Insect protein, Honey-water, Flies, Crickets, Cockroaches

Length/Description: Queen,  14-17mm long, Black

Length/Description: Workers,  6-14mm long, Black

Queen Starting Out:  Claustral (without feeding)

Development of Worker:  

Nest Suitability:  9mm Ytong, 13mm Acrylic

Minimum Tube/Connector Diameter:

Colony Size:  1000 workers

Life Span of Queen:  

Distribution:  Asia, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Mongolia,


These ants are not native to the UK and is therefore illegal to release them into the wild. Please contact AntsMynala if you no longer wish to keep them and we will arrange for them to be collected from you at no cost.


Additional information

Colony size

Queen + 1 – 5, Queen + 6 – 10 workers, Queen + 11 – 20 workers


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