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Atta cephalotes

  • Atta cephalotes

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Name: Atta cephalotes
Propagation: South America
Queen: 25-30mm
Workers: 5-20mm
Food: Fungus, which the ants grow on bramble, raspberry, oak, maple and rosebush leaves.
Air moisture: 80-90% in the fungus tank, remaining tanks to be kept in drier conditions
Temperature: 22-28°C
Hibernation: No
Nest-building: Soil nests
Formicariums: Tank, farm tank
Formicarium size: min. 30x20cm (should soon be switched to 3 tanks Food/Waste/Fungus)
Particularities: Both Atta and Acromyrmex species are leafcutter ants. The cut up leaves serve as a growth substrate for the fungus they feed on. This is an obligatory symbiosis, whereby the fungus and ants are unable to survive without one another.