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Camponotus herculeanus ||Live Queen|| [Hercules Carpenter Ant]

Camponotus herculeanus ||Live Queen|| [Hercules Carpenter Ant]

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Any species following the genus "Camponotus" are extremely easy to care for. A common misconception about carpenter ants is that they might damage wood inside a home. However, this is only true if the conditions of the wood are wet or rotting. 

Camponotus herculeanus is extremely easy to raise and grows pretty fast relative to other Camponotus species. They are usually differentiated by a black upper thorax and red under the thorax. Just like any other carpenter ant, this species is polymorphic (has different sized workers). 

Camponotus herculeanus hybridize more often than other carpenter ant species.

Possible hyrbids include: C. pennsylvanicus x C. herculeanus and C. herculeanus x C. novaeboracensis

Queens size: 14-17mm
Worker size: 5-7mm
Major size: 10-13mm
Multiqueen: False
Nuptial flight timeframe: Big flights tend to occur between May and June
Hibernation: True, November-March at 1-10°C 


Care Guide:

Despite their hardy nature, it is still important to provide proper care for an optimal growing season. 


Camponotus herculeanus will eat anything they get their hands on. From insects (beetle larvae, fruit flies, or roaches) to meat (ham, turkey bacon, or chicken) and carbohydrates like Honey, sugar water, or nectar. 

Temperature and Humidity:

Temperature should range from 18-29C and humidity between 25-50% (room humidity or a little less)

Ant nest:

Camponotus herculeanus will do great in any of our setups. Any of the Esthethic ant nests work great for this species. When choosing the size of the nest, the colony should take up at least 40%+ of the nest capacity to insure the colony doesn't feel vulnerable and stressed.


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