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Cataglyphis cf. desertorum

  • Cataglyphis cf. desertorum

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Name: Cataglyphis cf. desertorum
Propagation: North Africa / Orient
Queen: 15-17mm
Workers: 5-16mm
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 large, striking red-black species from the bicolour group is widespread all over North Africa. A very robust and assertive species. When their nest is disturbed, these ants become furiously aggressive. Bites from larger ants can draw blood, so that caution is recommended when handling them. These large, long-limbed and graceful ants make grateful fosterlings, and as is the case with all bicolour species, colonies can live for at least ten years, provided they receive plenty of food and are kept in the right conditions. Colony sizes range from one-thousand to three-hundred thousand animals. During their first year of foundation, in the right conditions, colonies can reach sizes that range from 100 to 300 individuals. This species tends to swell in plains with sparse ground vegetation and clayey soil. As is the case with all Cataglyphis species from the bicolour group, these ants curl their abdomen upwards when ground temperatures are high or under bright light.