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Camponotus herculeanus

Camponotus herculeanus

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    • Taxonomy: Camponotus herculeanus
    • Geographic spread: Europe and North America
    • Care level:Easy
    • Humidity requirements (nest): 50 – 60%
    • Temperature requirements (nest): 21 – 24°C
    • Hibernation: October – March
    • Suggested housing: Acrylic, cork or soil nests
    • Habitat:Mixed woodlands or grasslands with partial shrub cover
    • Nuptial flights: May to June
    • Nutrition: Sugars from honey or sugar water. Protein from insect sources such as fruit flies
    • Colony size:Large - 10,000+
    • Queen’s life expectancy: Approximately 15 years
    • Queen size:14 - 16mm
    • Worker size: 6 - 13mm
    • Castes: Queens, workers
    • Lifecycle: Approximately 8 to 10 weeks from egg to adult worker
    • Monogyne/polygyne: Monogyne
    • Founding style: Claustral
    • YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/Ic4MSX0RA7U

    C. herculeanus is a large ant that is usually red and dark brown or black in colour. A common species found in parts of Europe, northern North America and China, C. herculeanus usually nests in rotten logs and stumps, but can also be found under stones, particularly in North America. It prefers mountainous areas of mixed woodlands, but can also be found in shrubby grassland. C. herculeanus is the largest European ant with activity both during the day and at night, and is not known to be particularly aggressive unless their nest is disturbed.


    A great species for beginners, C. herculeanus is easy to keep and requires hibernation for five months from the end of October until the end of March. Feeding is similar to that of many other ant species, with honey or sugar water and insect protein sources being optimal.

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