Almost exactly the same as C.ligniperda in size and appearance, but without red on the gaster and a preferecece for pine forests in colder areas. They can have some light heating during the summer for faster growth, but do need a proper hibernation. Like most Camponotus species they do very well in Ytong nests.
One of the largest ants of Europe, this is a very imposing species. Not very active in the beginning however and if the colony has enough food for its current brood, workers stay mostly in the nest. The hardest about these ants is the required patience as they develop very slowly and it can take several years to get past a hundred workers.