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Paraponera clavata - AntKit
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Paraponera clavata

£190.00

Paraponera clavata, more commonly known as ‰ÛÏBullet Ants‰۝, are famous for their painful sting. Found in America, this species can live alongside other ant species such as Neoponera apicalis and shows no aggression towards them. Paraponera clavata commonly nest at the base of trees in nature and an arboreal formicarium is perfect for their needs. A rainforest climate should be created to allow a natural habitat for this species as they are best observed in their natural environment. Often, foragers are found on higher levels such as canopies at night. The ants are black in colour with golden hairs and a yellow tinge to their antennae and legs.

Interestingly, this species is monogyne meaning that there is only 1 dominant Queen in a colony but a colony can be founded by pleometrosis. Pleometrosis is the founding of a colony where multiple Queens can coincide and raise the brood. However, once the first workers eclose, the workers will choose a dominant Queen and kill off the other Queens. This process is risky, but strategically you can separate the Queens before the first workers eclose and give each Queen a share of the brood. This can speed up colony development so that each Queen has brood of its own.

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Description of Queen: 25-20mm

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Description of Workers: 20-28mm

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Rearing Difficulty (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): 5 (Requires control of temperature, delivers a painful sting and is sensitive to stress)

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Temperature: 25-30å¡C in the arena and nest with an overnight arena temperature of ~ 21-30å¡C

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Humidity: 50-70%

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Feeding: Insects, sugar water, nectar

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Hibernation Required: No

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Feeding Note: Consume almost any form of protein.

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Nest Suitability: Ytong / Glass / Soil / Arboreal nest


Minimum Tube / Connector Diameter: 13mm

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