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Camponotus cf. compressus

  • Camponotus cf. compressus

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Name: Camponotus cf. compressus
Propagation: Asia
Queen: 15-17mm
Workers: 5-14mm
Food: Insects and honey water
Air moisture: 50-70%
Temperature: 20-30°C
Hibernation: No
Nest-building: Soil nests, often under stones
Formicariums: Tank, farm tank
Formicarium size: min 30x20cm (must be adjusted to colony size)
Particularities: A large, black Camponotus species which is widespread in the Middle East. If well-fed, colonies from this species grow quite fast. Their incubation period is of 4-6 weeks. They therefore have good population strength; they are quite aggressive and hunt live feed insects. They are rather undemanding in terms of keeping and prefer somewhat drier conditions. At higher temperatures, the smaller workers run around the tank in a manner similar to that of Cataglyphis, with their abdomen curled upwards, and dig away at the sand like dogs.