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Camponotus subbarbatus, also known as the Bumblebee Carpenter Ant, is an eye-catching species native to North America. Its unique coloration sets it apart from other ants in the region. Queens and workers both have striking black and brown coloration with yellow gasters and black stripes. These ants have a calm disposition, and their colonies tend to grow at a slow pace.


When it comes to diet, this species thrives on a combination of liquid sugars like honey or sugar water and a protein source like fruit flies, crickets, or mealworms. Fruit flies seem to be a particular favourite of this species.


To maintain a healthy colony, it's important to provide a heat source, such as a heat mat, heat cable, or a heated room. A good temperature range for this species is around 26.7-29.4 degrees Celsius (80-85 degrees Fahrenheit) with a heating gradient.


Camponotus subbarbatus requires a diapause period of around 3-4 months. During this time, the ants need to be cooled down to a low temperature, with around 4.4 degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit) being ideal. This can be achieved by placing the ants in a controlled cooling unit like a wine cooler, mini fridge, or regular fridge (if the temperature is safe for the ants), or by placing them in a non-heated room that stays above freezing.


Brood development can take anywhere between 5-9 weeks depending on feeding and heating conditions, with an average of 7-8 weeks. Queens tend to lay eggs in batches. Colonies tend to grow slowly in the first year or two but can reach the hundreds within 2-3 years.



  • Queen: 8-10mm
  • Major: 5-8mm
  • Worker: 4-7mm

Overall, Camponotus subbarbatus is a fascinating species to keep as a pet. With proper care and a suitable habitat, they can provide hours of entertainment and observation.


Note: Live ants ONLY SHIP within CANADA.

Camponotus Subbarbatus (Bumblebee Carpenter Ant)

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