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Chestnut Carpenter Ants (C. castaneus)

Chestnut Carpenter Ants (C. castaneus)

Camponotus castaneus is a large, shiny, orange species of carpenter ant which loves heat and grows quickly. They do have major workers! NOTE: Current colonies are Florida variant, meaning short diapause (hibernation). Though technically a 'carpenter ant', this species is not wood nesting and will not damage your home!


STATES WITH CAMPONOTUS CASTANEUS FOR SALE: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

  • Species Info

    General: Camponotus castaneus is a large, easy-to-keep, beautiful species. Although worker development time can take long, colonies can grow quickly with heat and feeding. These ants do have majors! 

    It's important to keep a clean setup with these ants and make sure they have plenty of sugars. The workers should always (aside from diapause) be in a somewhat clean, warm environment with gasters full of sugars!


    Diet: These ants love sugars in the form of sugar-water or honey-water. They also usually need protein to grow in colony size, so provide proteins such as crickets, fruit flies and mealworms. Fruit flies seem to be a favorite. They can be fed at least once or twice a week. If workers don't have bloated gasters full of food, they should be fed more sugars! The queens do not need food during founding, as they are fully-claustral.


    Temperature: These colonies benefit from a heating gradient, and at the hottest point it should be around 81-84. Ensure there is an area that is cooler. 


    Diapause: This species could need a short diapause period. If they seem to slow down, cool them down to slightly cooler than room temperature for 1-2 months, and feed them less during that time too. The Florida (current) variant only needs about 4 weeks of hibernation, if any at all. 


    Growth: Brood development takes around 7-9 weeks. Usually it will take about 8 weeks, if heated and fed properly. Colonies can grow quickly, sometimes reaching dozens of workers or over a hundred within the first few months or year.


    Queen size: 16-20mm

    Worker size: 8-12mm

    Major size: 9-15mm

  • Live Arrival Guaranteed

    If ants arrive in bad condition, contact us for help. Live arrival is guaranteed.


    Shipping happens from Monday-Wednesday. During the winter, shipping may cost more due to the need of a heat pack. 

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