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.
- 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.
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.
- Sugar water
- 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
- Great starter colony
- Low maintenance