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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 :)

Re: Camponotus Castaneus

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:22 pm
by AntDudeUSA
One way you could find a queen is after a rainstorm during the morning or afternoon (I have found they do not like when it is very hot outside) go into the woods and find a tree that has fallen and look for holes with freash sawdust on the pull the tree apart slowly and carefully with a screwdriver or hammer and try to see if you can find a queen there is a youtube video by Tarheel ants that shows this process another good way to find them is to after a rainstorm wallk on a pavement/concrete path through or besides dense woods and keep your eyes on the ground. Camponotus queens are very large so you will be able to ID them very quickly Just saying they are much much bigger than any Camponotus major or worker so if you find a ant that is the size of your thumb you know its a campo queen :lol:

Re: Camponotus Castaneus

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:31 pm
by PTasker15
They Like Nights.

Re: Camponotus Castaneus

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:41 pm
by AntDudeUSA
Something I forgot to mention is that I flipped over a rock in the woods behind my house and found a massive c .Cast colony I don't know if that helps or not

Re: Camponotus Castaneus

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:43 pm
by PTasker15
AntDudeUSA wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:41 pm
Something I forgot to mention is that I flipped over a rock in the woods behind my house and found a massive c .Cast colony I don't know if that helps or not
WHAT!You Lost The Chance Of Getting A Colony.The Queen Was Probably At The Top With Brood And Mnions!!

Re: Camponotus Castaneus

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:48 pm
by AntDudeUSA
oh don't worry my friend I'm going back tomorrow with a big plastic container I had nothing with me at the time (a mistake that has cost me a few queens) I also saw a few big larvae and cocoons at the top with around 50 - 60 workers I put the rock back carefully as to not hurt any ant

Re: Camponotus Castaneus

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:48 pm
by PTasker15