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Camponotus sylvaticus mate Queen

Camponotus sylvaticus mate Queen

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Scientific Name: Camponotus Sylvaticus

 

Distribution:  South Europe and parts of West Asia (rare species)

 

Easy, Skilled, Specialist: Easy, however, founding can sometimes be difficult as the queens are quite sensitive to light and vibrations. Patience is required at first

 

Colony size: Up to 10,000 individuals (Average is around 1,000)

Queens are Claustral meaning they don't need to be fed during their founding stages (Before they have many workers)

 

Natural Habitat: Meadows and grasslands

 

Workers: This species of ants are very large - one of the largest in Europe. They have multiples types of workers: Minors, Medias and Majors, the caste differences can be hard to spot as they can be a variety of sizes (very polymorphic). The workers can be anything from 6 to 14mm. They are browny orange and have a beautiful fiery 'glow', their long legs and skinny bodies make them brilliant ants to look at

 

Queen Size: 14-16mm, Shiny brown gaster with a very orangey head and thorax

 

Behaviour: Being big ants, they are very brave and resilient, they do only tend to attack when provoked or their nest is disturbed, but this doesn't stop them from being very inquisitive. Will take on prey, but generally not if it is a lot larger than them. They are more active in the morning and evening

 

Venom/Warnings: No, if they bite you might feel it, but it won't hurt much (if at all)

 

Food and Nutrition: They will take most sweet foods (honey/sugar water particularly) and will eat some insects - Their favourite insects are flies like mosquitos and fruit flies (you can buy wingless fruit fly cultures as live food on most reptile stores and these act as a great live food, especially for this species)

 

Temperature: This species comes from very warm areas so requires a temperature of at least 21*c and maximum 28*c in all of their setup (outworlds can be a couple of degrees lower). These high temperatures can be obtained using a heat mat or heat cable, when using either of these you must use a thermostat - without one your heat mat/cable may reach too high a temperature and cook the ants.

 

Hibernation: Yes, November to late February at 5-9*c

 

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