THESE QUEENS FLEW IN MID-SPRING 2021. THEY ARE ALL STRONG QUEENS AND HAVE STARTED LAYING EGGS!
Camponotus Vicinus is the most colourful carpenter ant species found in Canada, with Camponotus Novaeboracensis very close behind. Also known as The Bicolored Carpenter Ant, they are found in most regions of southern-western Canada. Whilst they may be ever so slightly smaller than other carpenter ant species like Camponotus Pennsylvanicus and Camponotus Herculeanus, they certainly do make up in color. The carpenter ant queens have a shiny black head and gaster with a beautiful pattern of reddish-orange colouration on their lower thorax and legs. The colours even spill into the front section of the queen's gasters.
At Insect Supplies Canada, we sell live carpenter ant queens, small colonies and even some large colonies of The Bicolored Carpenter Ant. They are one of the easiest ants to keep and are considered a great beginner species for all novice antkeepers.
Queens are normally around 14-17mm while workers from 5-13mm
The colonies of The Bicolored Carpenter Ants can grow very large, they are very active and will live in their logs and develop until they are a force and can start reproducing more alates!
Overall, Camponotus Vicinus 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 these gorgeous carpenter ants!