A mid-sized Camponotus that looks like a smaller version of C.vagus, but is better described as a shiny, completely black copy of C.sylvaticus, sharing the same geography, growing speed and behaviour. A pretty and easy-to-keep Camponotus species.
While one of the largest European species, they are different from the other Camponotus. They are probably the most thermophile of the genus in Europe (living also in North-Africa). They can be tricky to raise from a single queen as they are more sensitive to stress and have a more narrow acceptable foundation temperature.
This is a very interesting species as it is one of the smallest Camponotus of Europe. With their queen and minor workers a similar size als Lasius niger, but then also with a medium and major caste. They are a bit more fragile than their larger cousins requiring a good nest and regular care, but they can also grow much faster.
A smaller, slightly darker version of C.barbaricus. They are a typicaly 'mid-size Camponotus' and their colony will grow faster compared to their larger cousins. Which also means that their workers will be considerably more active and appreciative in accepting proteins. This makes it one of the easiest European Camponotus species to keep.