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Messor structor

  • Messor structor
  • Messor structor

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Name: Messor structor
Propagation: Europe
Queen: 14-16mm
Workers: 5-12mm
Food: Insects and honey water, although seeds from various plants found in the wild constitute their main food source.
Air moisture: 40-60%
Temperature: 20-30°C
Hibernation: Yes, from late November to late February at 10-14°C
Nest-building: Soil nests, often under stones and in sand
Formicariums: Tank, farm tank
Formicarium size: min. 30x20cm (adjust to colony size)
Particularities: In large chewing groups, these harvester ants generate a soft, seed-based pulp called "ant bread" which serves mainly as food. Unlike other Messor species, this one has several queens (polygynous).