Camponotus novaeboracensis is a beautiful, large, red and black, active species of carpenter ant. It is a sister species to Camponotus pennsylvanicus.
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Camponotus novaeboracensis are sugar-loving, red/black ants that are easy to keep in captivity. Queens and workers both have red/brown thoraxes.
A good diet with these ants would be liquid sugars (honey, sugarwater) and a protein source (fruit flies, crickets, mealworms). Fruit flies seem to be a favorite of this species.
The colonies benefit from a heat source, such as a heat mat, heat cable, or heated room. A good temperature for growth and activity would be ~82 degrees.
This species requires a diapause period, which should last 3-4 months ideally. During this time, the ants need to be cooled down to a low temperature, with around 40 degrees fahrenheit being ideal. You can achieve diapause by placing the ants in a controlled cooling unit, such as a wine cooler, mini fridge, or regular fridge if temperatures are safe. If you cannot use any of these, a non-heated room which stays above freezing could work.
Brood development can take anywhere between 5-9 weeks depending on feeding and heating, with 7-8 weeks being the average. Queens tend to lay eggs in batches. Colonies grow slow for the first year or two of development, but tend to reach the hundreds within 2-3 years.
Queen size: 16-22mm
Worker size: 6-12mm
Major worker size: 8-18mm
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