Camponotus detritus

The Namib Desert dune ant, Camponotus detritus, is a large ant species distinguished by white and black symmetrical stripes and markings on its hairy abdomen.

• Humidity requirements: 30 – 40%
• Temperature requirements: 24 – 34 °C
• Suggested housing: Test Tube, Acrylic, Plaster
• Nutrition: They mainly eat seeds which they grind down to make ant bread. Sugars from honey or sugar water. Protein from insect sources.
• Queen size: 17–19 mm
• Worker size: 9–19 mm
• Monogyne/polygyne: Monogyne (One Queen per colony)
“Desert Balbyter” : This ant was once considered to be a subspecies of Camponotus fulvopilosus, but was raised to species level by Hamish Robertson in 1990. The species is found exclusively on sparsely vegetated dunes in the Namib Desert, from Lüderitz to the Kuiseb River, in a very limited area never more than 150 km wide and a few hundred kilometres long.

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