Camponotus sylvaticus


The black hairy carpenter ant 

Origin : Italy

Geographical distribution: Southern Europe 

Breeding level: beginners

Habitat : Open forests and forest edges, rarely under stones

Colony form: monogenous (only one queen per colony)

Colony size: up to 7.000

Size : queen: 15 - 17 mm, workers: 5 to 12 mm, major: 12 to 15 mm long

Color : Black/Redish

Queen lifespan: up to 20 years

Food:  Principally sweet liquids or fruits and some insects (fruit flies, little parts of crickets or cockroaches...) for the proteins 

Humidity: 40-50%.

Temperature:  22 - 24°C.

Hibernation: Yes, from mid-November to early March at temperatures of 10-14°C.

Nest type:  Ytong, plaster, acrylic, 3D printed nests.


    • Habitat: These ants, known as carpenter ants due to their preference for nesting in old, decaying wood, require special care.
    • Feeding: Their long legs and speed necessitate caution when offering food inside their test tube.
    • Humidity: Unlike many ant species, they thrive in drier environments with minimal humidity.
    • Temperature: Room temperature is sufficient, but a heat source with varying temperatures (gradient) can accelerate their growth and brood development.
    • Foraging: To observe their natural foraging behavior, it's recommended to mimic a day and night light cycle within their external living space (hunting area).