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Messor cf. erectus

  • Messor cf. erectus
  • Messor cf. erectus

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Name: Messor cf. erectus
Propagation: North Africa
Queen: 12-15mm
Workers: 4-12mm
Food: Insects and honey water, although seeds from various plants found in the wild constitute their main food source.
Air moisture: 40-60%
Temperature: 20-35°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: 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 “ant bread”. Worker ants from this species have a reddish glow, as can be seen on the picture.