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Camponotus novaeboracensis


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#1 Offline Crystals - Posted June 30 2016 - 6:06 AM

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Scientific Name: Camponotus novaeboracensis

Common Name: Carpenter ant

Distribution: Primarily found in the United States and Canada.

Queen size: 14-18 mm

Worker size: 7-16 mm, with a caste system involving Majors and Minors

Natural Habitat: Found in moist wood, like dead fall, lumber, and old houses. Also known to be nest under rocks in rocky locations.

Circadian Activity: Mostly nocturnal, but will still forage in the day.

Mating Flight: The major flights occur in May and June, with scattered flights during July and August. Ideal conditions are a day after rain, warm and humid. Mid-day to afternoon. But they are also known to fly in periods with no rain.

Queen Founding Method: Fully Claustral

Monogyne or Polygyne: Monogyne (Although some occurrences of polygyne colonies have been recorded)

Average time from egg to worker: Egg to larva - 20-30 days; larva to pupa - 10-15 days; Pupa to worker - 18-25 days. Time may vary with the temperature.

Recommended Temperature: 75-80°F (24-27°C)

Recommended Humidity:  Mid humidity level of  30-50%.  20% and lower is known to cause deformities in pupae.

Preferred Foods: Honey water, sugar, apples, pears, oranges, mealworm/super worms, June beetles, isopods, earwigs, crickets, grasshoppers.  Most sugary foods and insects are readily accepted.

Hibernation Details:  In the wild temperatures below freezing are common, even up to -40C/F.  In captivity it is advised to stay above the freezing point as we are unable to easily duplicate the slow cool down into freezing temps to allow the anti-freeze in their blood to work properly.  Hibernation is recommended between 39F (4C) - 50F (10C).

Escape Barrier Methods: Fluon and talcum powder method work best.  They are also unable to talk upside down on olive oil on a smooth surface.

 

Difficulty rating: Very easy to keep.

Bite and/or Sting rating: They can bite and the majors or queens are even capable breaking the skin.  They are also known to dab droplets of formic acid from their gaster into the wound causing a slight stinging sensation. 

Special Care or Interesting Notes: They prefer warmth and plentiful food sources.

Additional Links:

Antwiki - http://www.antwiki.o...novaeboracensis

Antweb - https://www.antweb.o...ntryName=Canada

 

Description: The red carpenter ant (Camponotus novaeboracensis) has a dark reddish brown colored thorax and petiole, with a black head and black gaster.  Newly eclosed ants will have yellow or orange thoraxes that slowly darken into a deep red over a period of days to weeks.

 

 

Information submitted by AntsMAN.


Edited by dspdrew, January 24 2017 - 1:03 AM.

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#2 Offline Hunter - Posted December 2 2017 - 7:50 AM

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this is awesome but idk if it was just random but i have found camp nova in dirt before



#3 Offline Hunter - Posted December 2 2017 - 7:54 AM

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this is awesome but idk if it was just random but i have found camp nova in dirt before

also can i have permission to print this out



#4 Offline Crystals - Posted December 4 2017 - 6:49 PM

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this is awesome but idk if it was just random but i have found camp nova in dirt before

also can i have permission to print this out

 

Sure, go ahead.


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#5 Offline Lazarus - Posted December 4 2017 - 8:31 PM

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Much appreciated info. Thanks for putting it together.

And I should thank you for all those YouTube videos on formicarium and outworld building you posted. Quite a few I watched many times and then used to create a number of variations myself and with my son. I even managed to find a few of those exact dollar store containers as you used. When I have time I hope to post pictures of the formicariums that hopefully our colonies will be large enough to move into this coming spring or summer.

Edited by Lazarus, December 4 2017 - 8:36 PM.

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#6 Offline Crystals - Posted December 5 2017 - 7:33 AM

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Much appreciated info. Thanks for putting it together.

And I should thank you for all those YouTube videos on formicarium and outworld building you posted. Quite a few I watched many times and then used to create a number of variations myself and with my son. I even managed to find a few of those exact dollar store containers as you used. When I have time I hope to post pictures of the formicariums that hopefully our colonies will be large enough to move into this coming spring or summer.

Glad you enjoyed them.

I hope they turned out well for you.

Looking forward to seeing pictures!   :)


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#7 Offline Lazarus - Posted January 2 2018 - 12:18 PM

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Here are some...

The first should look familiar ;) The second one also uses techniques I also learned from your videos.

 

http://www.formicult...arium-outworld/

http://www.formicult...um-magnets-lid/

http://www.formicult...er-formicarium/


Edited by Lazarus, January 2 2018 - 12:18 PM.

Dario

(5) Camponotus Novaeboracencis {4 Year 2, 1 foundling}

(5) Formica spp {Foundling}

My online ant spreadsheet


#8 Offline Crystals - Posted January 2 2018 - 5:22 PM

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Here are some...

The first should look familiar ;) The second one also uses techniques I also learned from your videos.

 

http://www.formicult...arium-outworld/

http://www.formicult...um-magnets-lid/

http://www.formicult...er-formicarium/

Very nice.

One question though...

Where are the ants?   :D


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#9 Online T.C. - Posted March 7 2018 - 12:45 PM

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Anyone know if these guys like chicken?

#10 Offline Crystals - Posted March 7 2018 - 1:55 PM

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Anyone know if these guys like chicken?

Mine liked cooked chicken, preferably fried or greasy.


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#11 Offline Selsee - Posted May 24 2018 - 2:34 AM

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I just found a queen myself. I actually spotted her on my floor near the back door.

#12 Offline MrCobalt - Posted July 21 2018 - 8:46 AM

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My queen is trying to esacpe I think! How do I encourage her to stay and care for her eggs?!? Could she also be trying to make a cotton bed?

#13 Offline LearningAntz - Posted July 21 2018 - 9:49 AM

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My queen is trying to esacpe I think! How do I encourage her to stay and care for her eggs?!? Could she also be trying to make a cotton bed?


Usually they settle down after a bit. Sometimes however, they do attempt to pull some cotton to make themselves more comfortable, as is the case with some of my Camponotus.
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#14 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted October 31 2018 - 12:36 PM

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A website (Wild About Ants) said that they can develop in 1 month with heat.






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