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Camponotus Castaneus

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:52 pm
by Dotdispenser
Hey all!

I live in East Tennessee and my dream ant species is Camponotus Castaneus. I do know that we have this species here locally. However, I’d like to know:

1) Where do they typically nest? I know they’re typically ground nesters, but do they nest under rocks, dig, etc.?

2) When’s the best time to look for the queens (month, time of day, weather, etc.)?

3) Do they have to have any special care once caught?

Sorry for all of the big, long questions. This is my dream species and one of my biggest goals this year is to catch and successfully raise a queen of this species. Thanks for any help!!

Re: Camponotus Castaneus

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:11 pm
by antnest8
I've kept camponotus and they like to nest in rotten or moist wood. i find that they fly from early April to July nut the most i found was in may. as for care they are reletivly easy just don't mess up like i did :lol: . Iv'e seen they like fruit flies and can climb over vasiline

Re: Camponotus Castaneus

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:38 pm
by Dotdispenser
Thanks for the info, man! But anything specifically about the Castaneus species in particular? I honestly am so determined to catch one that I might have a heart attack if I found one 😂😂.... so any help with finding one would be amazing!

Re: Camponotus Castaneus

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:21 pm
by antnest8
oh also for special care their is none just they are really slow :)