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Manica rubida - AntKit

Manica rubida


Manica rubida is the largest stinging Ant species in Europe. This is a very strong Red-Brown coloured Ant. Sometimes known as the Large knots Ant. They are distributed over Central and Southern Europe. The Queen will actively leave the nest chambers and hunt for food to feed her first larva. Warning this species of Manica will sting you if provoked. 

This ant is suitable for beginners.

Description of Queen:10-13mm Long, Reddish-Brown and shiny

Description of Workers: 5-9mm Long, Reddish-Brown

Rearing Difficulty (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): 1-2



Feeding:Insects, sugar water, honey water

Hibernation Required:Yes, from October to March

Feeding Note:Consume almost any form of protein.

Nest Suitability:Ytong / Acrylic / Glass / Soil / Plaster

Minimum Tube / Connector Diameter:9mm

Life span of Queen:15 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.

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