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Messor arenarius

  • Messor arenarius
  • Messor arenarius

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Name: Messor arenarius
Propagation: North Africa
Queen: 18-20mm, black
Workers: 5-18mm, schwarz
Food: Insects and honey water, although seeds from various plants found in the wild constitute their main food source.
Air moisture: 40-60%
Temperature: 20-30°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: Along with Messor arenarius, Messor cephalotes is the largest Messor ant species in the world. Just like all other Messor species, these feed mostly on seeds which they store in their nests, opening them as-and-when needed to chew them up in large chewing communities to make what is known as ‘ant bread’. This species needs a lot of protein to ensure healthy colony growth.