Crematogaster scutellarisåÊare a species found throughout Sourthern Europe. This is a lovely Red and Black coloured ant with an oddly shaped abdomen. At first glance this species ofåÊCrematogasteråÊseems quite peaceful. åÊHowever if excited or threatened theåÊCrematogaster scutellarisåÊwillåÊraiseåÊtheir gaster upwards towards the air (appearing like a Scorpion) and spray a defensive secretion.åÊåÊA well establish colony can number up to 10,000 workers.
Description of Queen:åÊ9-11mm Long, Shiny Black with a Red head.
Description of Worker:åÊ3-4mmåÊLong, Shiny Black with Bright Red Head and a distinctive shaped abdomen.
Rearing difficulty:åÊ(1=Beginner, 5=Expert): åÊ1
Temperature:åÊ18-26å¡C in the arena. Room temperature is sufficient
Hibernation Required:åÊYes. Hibernate between November to February.
Feeding:åÊProtein (dead insects), Flies, Crickets, Cockroaches and Glucose supplements, Sugar-water, Honey-water.
åÊLife span of Queen:åÊ15 years.
These ants are not native to the UK and is therefore illegal to release them into the wild. Please contact AntKit if you no longer wish to keep them and we will arrange for them to be collected from you at no cost.