Camponotus largiceps


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Camponotus largiceps

Camponotus largiceps  is an Asian species of  Camponotus  which does not require hibernation due to their warm habitat. This large, beautiful  Camponotus  has a similar behaviour to the Eurpoean   Camponotus ligniperdus,  which does need to hibernate.    Camponotus largiceps  comes from the  Carpenter Ant  Genus  Camponotus.    

Camponotus largiceps can produce Major workers  which are almost as large as their Queen. These  Major workers  can reach up to 14mm in length. The smaller workers are called  Minor workers.

The nest should have both a dry and moist area. This species of ant can be kept at room temperature, however an additional heat spot is recommended. In nature the  Camponotus largiceps only has one Queen per colony.

A well established Queen and colony can number up to 4,000 worker ants.

This is a suitable Ant for beginners which is hardy and relatively easy to keep.

Latin Name:  Camponotus largiceps

English Name:  

Rearing Difficulty:  (1=Beginner, 5=Expert):  Easy, 2 Will appreciate a small heater mat.

Temperature: Arena,  21-35 °C

                             Nest,  24-28 °C

Hibernation:  No, It is suggested to lower the temperature for 2-3 months during the winter to 15-18 °C

Humidity: Arena,  30-50%  

                      Nest,  50-70%

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

Length/Description: Queen,  15-16mm long, shiny Black with Brown-Red legs.

Length/Description: Workers,  5-14mm long, Brown to Black in colour with shiny Black Gaster.

Queen Starting Out:  Claustral (without feeding)

Development of Workers:

Nest Suitability:  Ytong / Acrylic / Glass / Soil / Plaster

Minimum Tube/Connector Diameter:  9mm Ytong, 13mm Acrylic

Colony Size:  2000-4000  workers

Life Span of Queen:

Distribution:  Southeast Asian,  South China (Anhui, Henan, Hunan)


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, Queen + 21 – 30 workers


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