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Cataglyphis cf. oasium

  • Cataglyphis cf. oasium

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Name: Cataglyphis cf. oasium
Propagation: Nordafrika / Orient
Queen: 16-18mm
Workers: 6-17mm
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: One of the largest species from the bicolour group. As is the case with all other Cataglyphis species, these large, dark-red to black ants have outstanding eyesight and an excellent sense of direction. These visual skills allow the animals to navigate areas that are far removed from their nests, and thanks to their size and speed, they are able to travel distances of over one-hundred metres. When needing to feed the colony larvae, their protein requirements are such that the ants turn into aggressive hunters, overpowering every available prey. These ants tend to do their hunting and gathering alone, although worker ants occasionally make a contribution. When struggling with larger prey, worker ants attract the attention of their fellow creatures which then come and help them overwhelm said prey and subsequently transport it whole. Their colonies can reach sizes of up to 2000 or 3000 animals. During the cooler times of the year, these colonies should get four to six weeks' rest at barely 2 digit temperatures. Ensure constant access to water and sugar. As soon as the first larval stages of the next breeding period are observed, these need to be provided with freshly killed insect feed.