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Cataglyphis cf. albicans

  • Cataglyphis cf. albicans

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Name: Cataglyphis cf. albicans
Propagation: North Africa / Orient
Queen: 11-13mm
Workers: 5-8mm
Food: Insects and honey water
Air moisture: 30-50%
Temperature: 20-35°C
Hibernation: No
Nest-building: Soil nests, often under stones and in sand
Formicariums: Tank, farm tank
Formicarium size: min. 30x20cm (adjust to colony size)
Particularities: This pretty and extremely agile, glossy black, medium-sized ant from the Albicans group inhabits the clayey plains of North Africa. These are fast movers and particularly vigilant. They have excellent eyesight and a slightly fearful character. These species dwell in the same areas as larger, more dominant species from the bicolour group, so that it is best for albicans species to avoid these in their search for food in the wild. The workers ants collect small dead insects and nectar from small flowering plants. The nest entrances often have little cone-like or crater-shaped ejection mounds next to them, which arise as the result of nest-expanding digging work. As is the case with most Cataglyphis species, the worker ant caste is highly polymorphic and features a full range of sizes, from small to large and everything in-between. While many Cataglyphis species curl their abdomen upwards when temperatures run high and in strong light to protect their vital organs and stomach contents from the heat emanating from the sunlit ground, this trait of behaviour is even more obvious in the albicans species and the fortis group. In strong sunlight, the pretty workers from these species stretch their abdomens upwards at such a high angle that it almost touches their heads.