|Latin Name:||Camponotus ligniperdus
Synonyms: Camponotus ligniperda
|Trivialname:||brown black carpenter ant|
|Taxonomy:||Subfamily: Formicinae Tribe: Camponotini|
|Keeping Level:||(1) for beginners with a colonysize of at least 10 workers / is very inactiv|
|Distribution:||Central Europe (everywhere in Germany on sunny locations)|
|Habitat||prefers mixed woodland with a high part of spruces, also in xeric- and halfxeric grassland|
|Colonyform:||monogyne, rarely oligogyne|
|Queen:||Size: 14 – 16 mm Color: black; chest: partly red colored like the abdomen|
|Worker:||Size: 6 – 13 mm Color: red-black; chest: partly red colored like the abdomen, extremely polymorph( Minor-, Media- and Major workers)|
|Males:||Size: 8 – 12 mm Colour: black , slim|
|Nutrition||Honeywater and insects e.g. Dipterans like Flies or Mosquitos|
|Airhumidity:||Arena: 30 – 50% Nestpart: 50 – 60%|
|Temperature:||Arena: 18 – 28°C Nestpart: 21 – 24°C|
|Hibernation:||yes, from end of October until end of March at 5 – 8°C ( has an endogenic Biorhythm)|
|Nestform:||Build their nests under wood with big underground areas; only ground nests|
|Kind of Formicaria:||Farm, Farmbasin, Basin, Framebasin, Island, Acrylcylinder, Digfix|
|Formicaria size:||Size: M – L|
|Substrate:||Farm: Sand-Loam, Cork, softwood Arena: Sand/Sand-Loam|
|Planting:||similar to Forest- and Mountainsarea with moss, grass and other plants|
|Decoration:||Branches, Roots, Treeneedels,|
|Description:||Camponotus belongs to the biggest ants in Europe. Very inactiv and fortified! They attack human beings only in case of nest disturbance. Shows activity by day and night (diurnal and nocturnal). They build nests preferably under wood or stones. A radiant heater should heat a stone or a part of the antfarm from time to time.|
|Development:||matingflight: on warm days mid – may to the end of june at 22 – 28°C ,
founding: claustral (without feeding) but also Pleometrosis or Adoptions are possible.
from Egg to adult worker approx. 8 – 10 Weeks (Egg to Larvae: approx. 10 – 16 days, Larvae to Pupae: approx. 10 – 14 days, Pupae to worker :approx. 10 – 24 days, depending on temperature).
The main time of activity is between april to september.The lifespan of the queen can be up to 15 years (still not completely clear) .
colony size: up to 10.000 Individuals
|Quantity:||one fertilized queen with workers (see selection); brood (depending on the season and development)|
|Dimensions||16.00 × 1.60 × 1.60 cm|
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