Camponotus nicobarensis queen with brood & workers (starter kit)

Camponotus nicobarensis queen with brood & workers (starter kit)

Camponotus nicobarensis is a very popular beginners’ exotic species from China they love everything sugary. They have a beautiful red/brown colouration which adds to their demand amongst ant enthusiast. They tend to be a nocturnal ant species, but I do find them active throughout the day. Unlike European species of the Camponotus genus they tend to be fast growing and have seen footage of colonies with 100s and 1000s of workers in a couple of years of keeping.


note: Colonies with workers also have brood :)


In the wild this species tends to nest inside cavities on the ground and generally on the canopy floor in tropical forests.

Like most ants when agitated they will move at quick speeds and become aggressive they are also known to make a tapping noise which can be heard by humans but this would not keep you awake at night.


Colony form: Queen

Queen size/Gamergate: 15-16mm red/brown to dark red and bulk on thorax

Worker’s size: 6-12mm various red and brown colourations highly polymorphic (different size workers)

Food: honey water and insects

Temp: 24-28°C

Humidity: 50-70%

Founding: clasutral without feeding

Colony size: 1-4000 workers

Hibernation: No


Live arrival guarantee:

We guarantee the live arrival of your Queen they come well packed in our jiffy bags which have two-sided padding as well as an additional layer of bubble wrap around our test tubes. We are the only company in the United Kingdom to offer our live arrival guarantee of your queen as well as an additional 14 days guarantee if the colony if kept in the original test tube for all our European species. Why do we do this? We are confident with our colony’s health and our packaging process as well as our care guides, we also believe in our customers and making sure they have a good ant keeping experience.


Live arrival guarantee we ensure the live arrival of the queen only upon delivery contact us within 24 hours of receiving the Queen dead on arrival with a picture of the dead queen and the original workers. DO NOT TRANSFER THE DEAD QUEEN OR WORKERS TO A NEST AS THIS VOIDS YOUR WARRNTY. For our additional 14-day guarantee for European species the Queen and workers must be kept in the original test tube sealed with the cotton and care sheet instructions followed if you want to keep this additional guarantee do not transfer to a nest or your warranty is VOIDED (we recommend you keep the 14-day warranty).


We have no control over the environment outside the test tube and have no influence in the conditions the responsibility once placed outside the test tube within the 14-day period the responsibility is with the buyer. 9 times out of 10 colonies die in the nest due to lack of water access, food, temperature, oxygen or stress due to vibrations or exposure to excess light. If your colony does fail inside a nest contact us, we can advise what went wrong but it is up to you to buy another ant colony, you will succeed but sometimes it does not work the first time. Research is key to success with ant keeping and follow our guides.

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