Messor aciculatus comes from the harvester ant genus ‰Û÷Messor‰۪. They are an Asian counterpart to the common European Messor barbarus. Messor aciculatus is a great choice for ant-keepers who want to try a more exotic ant species, as this species is reasonably easy to keep. In addition to this, Messor aciculatus is a polygyne species, meaning that a colony may have multiple Queens. This species can be kept at room temperature but it is recommended to provide extra heat to speed up brood development. With all harvester ants, seeds must be provided as the larger ants will chew these to make ‰ÛÏant bread‰ which is their primary food source.
Description of Queen:åÊ10mm Long, all black with a shine
Description of Workers:åÊ4-5mm Long,åÊall black with a shine
Rearing Difficulty (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): åÊ1
Food requirements:åÊProtein (dead insects) and Seeds (canary, sunflower, niger, dandelion seeds.)
Humidity:åÊ50% ‰ÛÒ 70% RH ‰ÛÒ
Nest Suitability: Ytong / Acrylic / Glass / Soil / Plaster
Life span of Queen:åÊ25 years P