Camponotus Cruentatus

Camponotus Cruentatus

Latin Name: Camponotus Cruentatus

Subfamily: Formicinae,

Tribe: Camponotini

Keeping Level: (1) suitable for beginners

Distribution: South Europe

Habitat: Prefers open forest areas, Forest edges

Colony form: monogyne

Queen: Size: 14 - 16mm Colour: dark grey to black; first two Gaster segments in orange

Worker: Size: 6 - 14mm Colour: dark grey to black; first two Gastersegments orange, extremely polymorph (Minor, Media and Major workers)

Soldier: not present

Males: Size: 7 - 8mm Colour: black, slim

Nutrition Honey and insects e.g. Dipterans like Flies or Mosquitos

Air humidity: Arena: 30 - 50%; Nestpart: 50 - 60%

Temperature: Arena: 21 - 28°C; Nestpart: 24 - 28°C

Hibernation: yes, from the end of November until the end of February at 15°C (has an endogenic Biorhythm)

Nest form: Build their nest in rotten wood and other deadwood

Kind of Formicaria: Plaster Nest, PLA Nest, Sand Farm,

Formicaria size: Size: M - L

Substrate: Farm: Plaster with sand, Sand-Loam, Cork

Arena: Sand, Sand-Loam

Planting: similar to grass areas with grass and other plants

Decoration: Branches, Roots, Treeneedels, Stones

Description: Camponotus Cruentatus is one of the biggest ant species in Europe. Very tough! They attack only in case of nest disturbance. They defend themselves with their strong mandibles and their acid gland

Development: mating flight: on warm days in May/June

Founding: claustral (without feeding)

Colony size: up to 10.000 Individuals