Common Cork-Headed Ants (C. impressa)
Colobopsis impressa is a small, Camponotus related ant from the eastern US. In the wild, the majors use their cork-like heads to block off the nest entrance, earning them the name 'cork-headed ants'. This species is polygynous, meaning they can have multiple queens.
STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY COLOBOPSIS IMPRESSA: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin
General: Colobopsis impressa is a medium-small species of 'cork-headed ants' similar to Camponotus. These ants use their heads to block their nest entrances in the wild. This species is polygynous, grows at a medium pace, and has a generalist diet.
Diet: These ants prefer liquids to solids for both protein and sugars, but it is important to provide a slight variety in protein. You can feed sugar water or honey water, as well as fruit flies, crickets, mealworms, or roaches.
Temperature: These ants need at least some heating to do well. Ideal nest temperature is around 82-85 degrees, with a gradient recommended.
Diapause: C. impressa might need a short, 1-2 month diapause period. If your colony begins to slow down, then take them off of heat for a short time and feed less protein. Make sure they are still fed, however.
Growth: Brood development takes 7-9 weeks depending on heating and caste. The majors tend to take longer to develop. Colonies can reach 50 workers within the first year if fed and heated.
Queen size: 6-7mm
Worker size: 3-5mm
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