THESE QUEENS FLEW IN SPRING 2020. THEY ARE ALL STRONG QUEENS AND HAVE STARTED LAYING EGGS!
Camponotus herculeanus is normally a black and red coloured species found throughout Canada, the queens normally have mostly shiny black head and thorax with red legs. The workers, in general, have a redder coloration, most of the time with fully dark red thoraxes. The colours are most visible under the sun or bright light, the workers are extremely eye-catching.
However, this variation of Camponotus Herculeanus is really rare, the colours closely resemble Camponotus Modoc. The queens have been observed to have fully black bodies, with red legs, it can be differed from Camponotus modoc by comparing the two queens, Camponotus Herculeanus is smaller in size, and has a shinier head and thorax, while Camponotus modoc's head and thorax is more of a matte black. Camponotus Herculeanus' gaster also lacks the prominent golden hairs and stripes found on Camponotus Modoc queens.
The workers are also different from the normal variation of Camponotus herculeanus, they lack the red coloration found on their bodies and instead resembles Camponotus modoc more. Except for the fact that the major workers have a glossier black head and thorax while lacking the golden abdomen found on Camponotus modoc workers.
Queens are normally around 13-16mm while workers from 7-13mm
The colonies of Camponotus Modoc can grow very large, they are very active and will live in their quiet logs and develop until they are a force and can start reproducing more alates!
Overall, Camponotus herculeanus is a very satisfying ant to raise from a single queen into a large colony, the brood develops at a steady pace so it wouldn't be long until you would have a beautiful young colony of Camponotus herculeanus!