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Messor minor maurus

  • Messor minor maurus
  • Messor minor maurus

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Name: Messor minor maurus
Propagation: North Africa
Queen: 14-18mm black, dark red head
Workers: 3-14mm schwarzer Gaster, Kopf und Thorax rot
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. 30x20 (adjust to colony size)
Particularities: This is a subspecies of Messor minor. In this species there are major- and minor workers, whose head and thorax are red in colour. One of the most beautifully coloured Messor species. 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”.