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Messor cf. capitatus

  • Messor cf. capitatus
  • Messor cf. capitatus

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Name: Messor cf. capitatus
Propagation: Southern Europe
Queen: 12-15mm
Workers: 4-11mm
Food: Insects and honey water, although seeds from various plants found in the wild constitute their main food source.
Air moisture: 40-60%
Temperature: 18-28°C
Hibernation: Yes, from late October to late March at 5-8 ºC
Nest-building: Soil nests, often under stones
Formicariums: Tank, farm tank
Formicarium size: min. 30x20cm (adjust to colony size)
Particularities: Major workers from this species grow huge and have very large heads. These ants masticate seeds to produce what is known as ‘ant bread’ in large chewing groups. This ant bread serves mainly as a food source.