Camponotus Cruentatus - Beginner (From 10 workers)

"The Defender Ant"

In Quarentine - Dont worry, its not long until you can get one.


Cruentatus are a large and beautiful carpenter species found in southern Europe. With distinctive colouration their majors and queen have a vibrant orange/red like colouring on their gaster.


Being very active they are great for new keepers as they provide plenty of movement in their setup. But these colonies are difficult to found and require patience until they reach 10 workers and become more resilient to disturbance.


Commonly found in wooded environments like forests this species loves moist habitats. Dead and decaying wood it a favorite but in addition to this they can commonly frequent urban areas where sheds and decking can be found.


Informally named by us as the "Defender Ant" the Cruentatus earns their name because of their generally evasive behaviors, as scavengers they will seldom take on live prey but when a threat comes near their nest they rally quickly and using brute force quickly overwhelm and overcome ant invaders using their strong mandibles and acid glands. Hence the term "Defender Ants"


Cruentatus are highly polymorphic offering extremely diverse worker casts with Minor, Media and Major's.


Colony Size

Up to 10,000 workers

Queen Age; Up to 25 years

Fully Claustral - No food until first workers

Monogyne (single Queen per colony)

Temerature & Humidity

Nest 24 to 28 degrees

Nest 50%-60% Humidity | Outworld 30%-50% Humidity


Yes - October through March at 15 degrees.

Polymorphic (Different size casts)

Yes - Very polymorphic with Minor, Media and Major workers.

Sting | Bite

No Sting | Yes Majors can bite


Protein, Lots of Sugars, Lots of Water.

Large ants are always very hungry.

Nest Type

Natural, Acrylic, Sand, Earth, Glass, Plaster.

(These ants can chew through Ytong and Wood, caution in housing is needed.


Queen - 14mm-17mm

Worker - 6mm-10mm

Major - 11mm-14mm


Egg to Adult Worker - 9 to 12 weeks



Camponotus Cruentatus - Carpenter

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