The camponotus nearcticus is commonly known as the smaller black carpenter or the smaller carpenter ant.
What do they eat? The smaller carpenter ant is not that picky with food choices. They basically eat sweets, insects and bugs.
Where do they nest? Just like every species of carpenter ant, they like to nest in logs, hollow sticks on the ground and sometimes under logs. At times their main nest is above ground, directly under the sun. This is to boost their brood to make them get to the pupae stage more quickly.
How do they do in captivity? They are a pretty easy species to keep. They are a beginner ant species, which means that people who want to start keeping ants should choose this species first. They are slow growers and are not picky with eating choices. Expect them to reach the 1,000 worker mark by year 3 of keeping them.
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