This polymorphic species of the Camponotus genus is quite suitable for antkeepers with little experience. They can be kept at room temperature, but if you wish to crank up their rate of brood development than I suggest using a heating device such as a heating mat or heating cable. They are also active during the day so there will be plenty for you to see.
Size & colony type
Queen: aprox. 16mm – 18mm
Workers: aprox. 8mm – 13mm
Colony type: monogyne
Colony size: about 2000 – 3000 workers per colony
Keeping difficulty: Fairly easy.
Habitat: often found in forests
Natural nest: they often build their nests underground and in dead pieces of wood
Suitable formicaria: Ytong-, plaster- and 3D nests are all suitable for this species
Recommended humidity: 50% – 70%
Recommended temperature: 21°C – 27°C
Nutrition: a sugar source such as honey or sugarwater and a protein source such as prey insects like crickets or fruitflies. Insect jelly is also a suitable feeder since it contains both sugar and protein and varius other beneficial components
Claustral: yes, no need to feed until the first workers arrive
Matingflight period: june
Egg to worker: 8 to 10 weeks depending on how they are being kept