Camponotus subbarbatus is a medium sized carpenter ant with stunning patterns and relaxed colonies.
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Camponotus subbarbatus is a stunning species with coloration that separates it from any other American ant. The queens and workers are both brown/black and have a yellow gaster with black stripes. Colonies are calm and tend to grow slowly.
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 is about 80-85 degrees, but there should be a heating gradient.
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: 8-10mm
Major size: 5-8mm
Worker size: 4-7mm
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