Camponotus ligniperda

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Short Description of the species:
🐜: European species
📙: Brown-black carpenter ant
👑: Monogynous (Monogyn)
📏: 14-16 mm, 6-13 mm
🌍: Central Europe
⚠️: Capable of biting lightly
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Characteristics of Camponotus ligniperda

The Camponotus ligniperda is a European species of Carpenter ants. It is native to Central Europe. It is characterised by the reddish thorax and the large size typical of Camponotus. They are hardy, easy to keep. In the wild, they are most often found in forests, in decaying trees and near rivers. Workers love the sunny weather. The largest ant colony in Hungary.

Their nuptial flight generally takes place in May and June. The mating season is favoured by slightly overcast weather when it is not so hot. The queens are most often seen on gravel quite close to the grass.

The Brown-black carpenter ant is a very fast-growing species, so a single adult colony can number several thousand workers. It is a monogynous species, so you can keep one queen in a test tube/formicarium. During their development, cocoon appears. From puppy to adult worker, about. 6-8 weeks are needed. The Queen could live up to 15 years.

Camponotus ligniperda is a hibernating species. Hibernation is recommended from the end of October to the end of March. During this period, the right temperature is 5-8 degrees Celsius. Depending on the number of workers, hibernation can be done in a test tube or in a formicarium. Keep them in a dark place and do not disturb them by moving them.

They like small insects and worms for food. It is essential that they are fed only sterile food, as insects caught outside may carry pathogens at higher rates, which could lead to the death of the colony. Honey and sugar water are also suitable. Water supplies should always be available for them.


It can bite lightly, so it is not recommended to hold it. No liability for any injury, accident or damage caused by this species. The buyer accepts this and buys with this knowledge. The displayed product image is protected by copyright, and its use requires permission. The picture is an illustration.

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Weight 20 g

Honey, Insects




Large body size species

Cast (1-3)

1 – Minor, 2 – Media, 3 – Major






In deadwood, On sunny forest edges, in forest clearings

Flight period

May, June

Colony size


Keeping temperature


Keeping humidity

Nest: 50-60%, Outworld: 30-50%

Recommended formicarium


Keeping level (1-5)


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