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Messor aciculatus


Messor aciculatus comes from the harvester ant genus 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 ant bread which is their primary food source.

Description of Queen:10mm Long, all black with a shine

Description of Workers:4-5mm Long, all 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

Temperature:åÊ18‰ÛÒ 30è_C

Hibernation Required:åÊNo

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

Life span of Queen:åÊ25 years P

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