Camponotus carin


The mighty climber ant

Origin : Taiwan

Geographical distribution: Southtern Asia

Breeding level: Intermediate/Advanced

Habitat : Camponotus carin thrives in this arboreal environment. Their nests are likely tucked within hollow branches or crevices high up in the trees, offering protection from predators and the elements.

Colony form: monogenous (only one queen per colony)

Colony size: unknown

Size : queen: 14-16 mm, workers: 6-8 mm

Color : mostly black with orange legs

Queen lifespan: unknown

Food:  Principally sweet liquids, jellies... but needs proteins too with  fruit flies, little parts of crickets or cockroaches...

Humidity: 60-70%.

Temperature:  24 - 29°C.

Hibernation: Just a rest during winter at ambiant temperature 21/22°c

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

High-Dwelling Royalty: In the heart of Taiwan's forests, high amongst the trees, reigns the Camponotus carin ant. Queens, easily identified by their black, ridged bodies, lead their colonies from these arboreal thrones. Soldier ants, slightly smaller but just as formidable, form their loyal guard.

Masters of the Humid Night: These nocturnal hunters thrive in the island's humid embrace. Their diet is a buffet of nature's offerings – plant juices, secretions, and even fallen insects provide vital nutrients. They're not picky eaters, collecting sweet nectar, chewing on leaves, and scavenging for dead insects to fuel their colony.

Homespun Havens: Camponotus carin are resourceful architects, building their nests either hidden within trees or nestled on the forest floor. They're not afraid of a little human company, sometimes even constructing their homes on artificial structures. When threatened, these ants unleash a powerful weapon – a jet of formic acid – to defend their territory and young.