Common name: The Black Sugar Ant.
This is a large black Camponotus which has an attractive greenish metallic sheen on its abdomen.
The workers are between 6-8 mm and the large majors between 8-10 mm. Major workers are produced when the colony is relatively young and first appear when there are about 50 plus normal sized workers.
Unlike many other Camponotus this is a day active species preferring to do most of its foraging during daylight hours. They will take a wide range of food including sugary secretions and dead insects.
It is a soil nesting species and can remove a copious amount of earth in constructing its deep nest. The chambers have to be deep underground to protect the colony from the strong mid day sun. Nests usually only have one main entrance which is guarded by the major caste.
This species is very easy to keep and they take to artificial nests very quickly. They can be kept at normal room temperature - although a form of heating will speed up their brood development.
The queens are12 mm in size and found colonies independently.
Colonies of this species are quite easy to care for.