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Camponotus novaeboracensis ||Live Queen|| [New York Carpenter Ant]

Camponotus novaeboracensis ||Live Queen|| [New York 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 novaeboracensis is extremely easy to raise and grows pretty fast relative to other Camponotus species. They can be identified by their red and black patterned thorax.

Queens size: 15-17 mm

Worker size: 4-6 mm

Major size: 11-14 mm

Multiqueen: False

Nuptial flight timeframe: Big flights tend to occur between May-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 novaeboracensis 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:

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

Ant nest:

Camponotus novaeboracensis will do great in most of our setups. When choosing the size of the nest, the colony should take up at least 40%+ of the nest capacity to ensure the colony doesn't feel vulnerable and stressed.


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