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
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%
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.