Camponotus Ligniperda - Carpenter Ant - Beginner


Ligniperda are a fascinating species which is a must have for any antkeeper. These belong to the largest carpenter ants in Europe and the beutiful deep purples under light make them a delight to watch. 


Typically making their homes in dead trees or dry wood stumps, their ideal habitat is on the edges of the diciduous forests of central europe. They can sometimes frequent open spaces too where they dig their nest under a stone deep into the gorund.


Large and powerful, Ligniperda take a fairly long time to establish, taking up to 12 weeks for a brood hatch you will need patience to observe them. They will need plenty of proteins, good humidity and a little warmth to fully establish, but once established they make for great entertainment with their boysterous charm.


As with all Carpenters they are perfectly capable of defending themselves and do so with some powerful mandibles. However, they are avid agressors too. Ligniperda will show dominance with their agression against other camponotus colonies and even formica colonies.  Their size means that its light work splitting an enemy in half.


For the antkeeper with patience, the Ligniperda promises a large colony, with extremely diverse worker casts with Minor, Media and Major's.


Colony Size

5,000-8,000 workers

Slow growing species.

Queen Age

Up to 25 years

Monogyne (single Queen per colony)


Room 21 to 24 degrees


Yes - October through March at 5 to 10 degrees.

Polymorphic (Different size casts)

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




Yes - Majors can pinch


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-16mm

Worker - 6mm-14mm

Polymorphic - Yes


Egg to Adult Worker - 10 to 12 weeks



Camponotus Ligniperda - Carpenter

PriceFrom £16.99
  • It is illegal to release this colony into the wild in the UK, if you can no longer care for your colony please contact us immediately.

  • we know sometimes you will need to change the test tube or get a closer look, so we provide you with these items to help you if you need them;

    • 1 x Test Tube
    • 1 x Organic Bamboo Cotton Wool Bud
    • 1 x Organic Cotton Wool Ball
    • 1 x Magnification Card (3x Magnification)
    • 1 x Species info sheet (so you have it to keep if we ever remove the species from our site when out of stock)