Camponotus sansabeanus

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Camponotus sansabeanus, aka salsabeans, builds nests deep in the ground, often under rocks at the surface. It is polymorphic with larger darker majors and light-yellow colored minors. Colonies are often found in desert regions and foraging is nocturnal.

 

Queen[edit]

Queen Ant
  • Nuptial Flight Time : Late Spring to Summer - Flights happen the day after at least .5 inches of rain + current day temps of at least 75F @ 6:30pm (found after dark)
  • Founding Type : Fully Claustral
  • *gynous : Monogynous
  • Brood Boostable : Yes
  • Hibernation : Yes - Winter for about 4 months
  • Feeding Requirements : None during founding.
  • Nanitics Appear After : 5-8 weeks
  • Founding Stage Notes: They enjoy pulling cotton and larvae can become entangled in it and die, so a medium to hold cotton (denim,cloth glove 'fingers', etc) to prevent this recommended.

 

Food[edit]

Every ant, even from same species may be temperamental to certain foods. Trial and error is best way to figure out she will eat. Compiled below is a list of likes and dislikes for this particular species.


Likes[edit]

  • Crickets
  • mealworms
  • Sugar water

Dislikes[edit]

  • Blood

 

 

Colony[edit]

  • Difficulty : Easy as Pie
  • Typical Colony Size :
  • Polymorphic : Yes
  • Ant Length : Large; Major Length, 9-11 mm.; head, 2.8 x 2.7 mm.; scape, 2.5 mm.; hind tibia, 2.5 mm; Minor Length, 5-7 mm; Queen Length, 12-14 mm;Male Length, 8-9 mm
  • Temperament : Timid
  • Suggested Feeding Schedule : weekly
  • Hazards : None
  • Colony Growth Rate : Slow
  • Egg To Worker :
  • Circadian Activity : Diurnal
  • Recommended Temperature : 60-80F
  • Recommended Humidity : 25%<
  • Heating Pad Required : If you want faster growth
  • Can Climb Smooth Surfaces : Yes
  • When To Expand : 20-30 workers
  • When Do Soldiers and Reproductives Appear :
  • Invasive/Pest : No
  • Farmers : No
  • Native Location : Arkansas and Louisiana westward to, and throughout, the southwestern United States; northern Mexico.
  • Natural Habitat : Dry Woods/Forest
  • Preferred Nesting Medium : Wood
  • Scientific Information: antwiki.org

 

Notes[edit]

  • Great starter colony
  • Low maintenance

 

 

Images[edit]