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Striped Carpenter Ants (C. subbarbatus)

Striped Carpenter Ants (C. subbarbatus)

Camponotus subbarbatus is a medium sized carpenter ant with stunning, bee-like patterns and relaxed colonies. These ants will not eat wood, and certainly not harm the wood of your house unless it is already rotting and falling apart!


STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY CAMPONOTUS SUBBARBATUS: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

  • Species Info

    General: 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.


    Diet: 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.


    Temperature: 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 with a cooler side.


    Diapause: 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. 


    Growth: 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

  • 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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