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Messor aciculatus - AntKit

Messor aciculatus

£19.50

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.

Latin Name: Messor aciculatus

English Name: 

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

 

Temperature: Arena, 18-30°C

                        Nest, 24-28°C

Hibernation Required: No

Humidity: Arena, 30-50%

                  Nest, 50-70%

Diet: Insect protein, Seeds, Canary, Finch seed mixture, Niger seed, Poppy seed, Dandelion seed, Flies, Crickets, Cockroaches

Length/Description: Queen, 10mm long, all Black with a shine

Length/Description: Workers, 4-5mm long, all Bllack with a shine

Nest Suitability: Ytong, acrylic, glass, soil, plaster

Colony size:

Life span of Queen: 25 years

Distribution:  China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Russia

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