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Aphaenogaster sp.

Added on: 3/4/2015
Article number: apsp0004
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  • Taxonomy: Myrmicinae
  • Color: black (greying), haired
  • Distribution: Northafrica
  • Nutrition: Honey- or sugar water and insects
  • Hibernation: Yes
  • Temperature: 20 - 28 °C
  • Humidity: dry
  • Nest building: Soil nests, also under stones
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Class: easy
  • Specifics: Haired ant with longish heads

 

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Colony - Currently not available
Colony with 30-50 workers

Camponotus fellah

Added on: 4/8/2012
Article number: cafe0002
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This is a beautifully colored, vibrant ant species. Remarkable are apart from the color the elongated heads of the workers.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Camponotini
  • Distribution: Middle east, Northern Africa
  • Nutrition: Honey- or sugar water and insects
  • Hibernation: No
  • Climate: tropical
  • Nest building: Soil nests, between stones
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Level: easy
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Small colony - Currently not available
With 5 - 10 workers
colony - Currently not available
With approx. 30 workers

Camponotus fulvopilosus

Added on: 10/5/2013
Article number: cafu0001
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This is a beautifully colored Camponotus species from southern Africa, which also stands out due to its exceptional behavior. This species lives in steppes and semi-deserts, which is why it's not difficult to keep in captivitiy. A noticeable characteristic is the good eyesight and its impressive size.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily: Formicinae
  • Origin: Angola, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa
  • Color: black, gaster with dense orange hairs, sometimes interrupted by median bare patches
  • Size: Queen: about 17 - 18 mm / Minor: about 9 - 10 mm / Media: about 11 - 14 mm / Major: about 15 - 19 mm
  • Dormant phase: in nature from June to end of August, temperatures up to +7 °C at night, up to 20 °C during the day
  • Nutrition: honey/sugar water and insects
  • Temperature: from warm to very hot: about 24 - 34 °C
  • Soil conditions: sandy/rocky soil
  • Nest building: porous concrete, plaster or soil nests
  • Planting: typical plants of arid areas
  • Specifics: very colourful and good eyesight

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Small colony - Currently not available
With 10 to 20 workers
Colony - Currently not available
With 30 to 50 workers
Large colony - Currently not available
With 60 to 100 workers

Camponotus maculatus

Added on: 9/28/2008
Article number: cama0001
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  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Camponotini
  • Distribution: Central Africa
  • Color: small ants are yellow till brown, majors are marmorate
  • Nutrition: Honey- or sugar water and insects
  • Hibernation: No
  • Climate: tropical (moist)
  • Nest building: Soil nests, between stones
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Level: easy
  • Specifics: Builds "half" calderas (one sided)
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Small colony - Currently not available
With approx. 10-20 ants workers
Colony (dark colored) - Currently not available
At least 100 workers (larger and more dark colored workers)
colony - Currently not available
With 80-100 workers
Colony - Currently not available
With about 30-50 workers

Camponotus sp.

Added on: 3/3/2015
Article number: casp0021
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  • Taxonomy: Family: Formicinae
  • Origin: Africa , Kenya
  • Habitat: steppes and semi-deserts
  • Color: Black
  • Size: similar to our native Camponotus ligniperdus , long-legged
  • Food: honey / sugar water and insects
  • Temperature: warm to hot (24 - 34 °C)
  • Soil: sandy- rocky ground
  • Nest building: aerated concrete , plaster or Soil nests
  • Planting: typical steppe vegetation
  • Highlights: Very striking coloration and good eyesight , eye-catching leggy similar to the movements of the known Cataglyphis

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Colony - Currently not available
With 40-50 workers

Camponotus sp. "Africa"

Added on: 5/12/2013
Article number: casp0017
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An evolutionary curiosity: This Camponotus mimics the physique of Tetraponera species living in the same habitat. Not only the body, even the nests and the extraordinary sense of sight this Formicinaes corresponds to the Tetraponera. Just like the Pseudomyrmecinaes it is primarily visually oriented and nests in hollow branches.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily: Formicinae
  • Distribution: Eastern Africa
  • Habitat: Veld and semidesert
  • Color: orange/yellow
  • Nutrition: Honey-/sugarwater, insects, spiders, other small animals
  • Temperature: warm to hot, 24 - 34 °C
  • Nesting: hollow branchlets (elder, blackberry,  buddleia)
  • Planting: typical veld vegetation
  • Specifics: polymorph, noticeable cloring, good visual orientation
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Colony - Currently not available
With 100 workers

Camponotus sp. "Africa"

Added on: 10/27/2010
Article number: casp0015
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Various Camponotus species of East Africa.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Camponotini
  • Size: Queen: 10 - 12 mm
  • Distribution: East Africa
  • Nutrition: Honey- or sugar water and insects
  • Hibernation: No
  • Temperature: 26 - 30 °C (very hot)
  • Humidity: dry (veld)
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Small colony (Sp. 1) - Currently not available
With 150-200 workers
Colony (Sp. 9) - Currently not available
With 100 workers

Camponotus spec.

Added on: 11/13/2014
Article number: casp0019
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A very nice Camponotus sp. from Africa. This ant is in contrast to many other diurnal Camponotus and very nice to watch species. She lives in hollow branches or twigs and needs a very warm and dry environment. Access to drinking water, however, must be ensured. The food is quite easy with honey or sugar water and various insects.

The colony offered here includes approximately 800 - 1200 workers and comes with the pictured Korkästen. In the colony now also sex animals are used.

     Taxonomy: Family Formicinae, Tribe Camponotini
     Size: Queen: 10 - 12 mm, the workers: 5 - -10mm
     Color: matte black
     Range: East Africa
     Food: Honey or sugar water and insects
     Hibernation: No
     Temperature: 26 - 30 ° C (very hot)
     Humidity: dry (desert)
     Habitat: hollow branches, twigs

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Large Colony - Currently not available
Colony with 800-1200 workers

Camponotus storeatus

Added on: 10/5/2013
Article number: cast0001
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This is a beautifully coloured Camponotus species from the southern parts of Africa, which also stands out due to its exceptional behavior. This species lives in steppes and semi-deserts, which is why it's not difficult to keep in captivitiy. A noticeable characteristic is the good eyesight and its impressive size.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily: Formicinae
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Colour: dark red, gaster with dense cream-colored hairs, sometimes interrupted by median bare patches
  • Size: Queen: about 17 - 18 mm / Minor: about 9 - 10 mm / Media: about 11 - 14 mm / Major: about 15 - 19 mm
  • Dormant phase: in nature from June to end of August, temperatures up to +7 °C at night, up to 20 °C during the day
  • Nutrition: honey/sugar water and insects
  • Temperature: from warm to very hot: about 24 - 34 °C
  • Soil conditions: sandy/rocky soil
  • Nest building: porous concrete, plaster or soil nests
  • Planting: typical plants of arid areas
  • Specifics: very colourful and good eyesight

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Colony - Currently not available
With 5 to 10 workers

Cataglyphis sp.

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: cavi0001
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The kinds of the type Cataglyphis are exclusively ground inhabitants. In adaptation to their way of life as a ground hunter they have nearly lost the ability to climb up at plain surfaces like panes of glass. They do this only under the greatest efforts and undertake such excursion only at food storage, at concerns or lack of space. As an inhabitant of subtropic areas this ant needs a rest, like the hibernation of local kinds. A cool down of the terrarium on 15 to 18 degrees for 1 to 2 months in the winter is enough to interrupt the brood activity and to give the colony time to regenerate. Also offer enough fodder in the form of carbohydrates now.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Formicini
  • Distribution:  north africa
  • Characteristics: very polymorph
  • Appearence of the queen: head and thoraxand abdomen matt black, bottom side of the abdomen shiny black, very long legs
  • Appearance of the workers: Head and thorax and abdomen matt black, bottom side of the abdomen shiny black, very long legs
  • Size: Queen about 16 mm, Workers: 6 - 16 mm
  • Breed-time: fast (4 - 6 weeks)
  • Nest building: soil nests
  • Nutrition: living insects self-hunted, also fresh-dead insects and other invertebrates, honey- and sugar water, always fresh water in a drank. (The kind is not excessively demanding, but needs, sufficient care and constant supplies of animal protein during the summer period)
  • Temperature: warm (25 - 30 °C), in the deeper nest area there should be cooler areas.
  • Air humidity: in the deeper nest area there should be areas with higher air humidity. besides dry, occasional spraying of the runout area with water.
  • Number of basins: 1 basin is adequate, but with a base as lage as possible.
  • Dimensions of basin: at least 40 x 30 x 30 cm (depending of colony-size), with a possibility to clean up the nest
  • Soil conditions: sand, loam, stones. Design the fittings from steppes to dessert-like, some dry branches increase the runout surface.
  • Planting: Plantation with mediterranean plants is advantageous. Hydrocultures with havy little stones are advisable, because for the big and strong ants it is impossible then to put on twig nests in the damp root area.
  • Accessories: an infrared heating lamp for heating the nest. Terrarium lighting with clock timer. 
  • Keeping level: middle
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Colony - Currently not available
With 100-150 workers
Colony - Currently not available
with 200-230 workers

Cataglyphis sp. 1

Added on: 3/4/2015
Article number: casp0022
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Very fortified aggressive ant species with good sight. It is a long-legged and fast moving ant species. They almost can't climb glass panes.

  • Taxonomy: Formicinae
  • Color: black, shiny
  • Characteristics: strong polymorph
  • Size:4 - 8 mm
  • Distribution: north africa
  • Nutrition: Honey- or sugar water and insects
  • Hibernation: Yes (slight)
  • Temperature: 20 - 35 °C (summer, outside the nest)
  • Nest building: Build their nest deep in soil, creates calderas
  • Planting: steppe like
  • Class: medium

 

 

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Colony - Currently not available
with 10-20 workers

Cataglyphis sp. 2

Added on: 3/4/2015
Article number: casp0023
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Very fortified aggressive ant species with good sight. It is a long-legged and fast moving ant species. They almost can't climb glass panes.

  • Taxonomy: Formicinae
  • Color: red-black, shiny
  • Characteristics: polymorph
  • Size:4 - 8 mm
  • Distribution: north africa, mountains
  • Nutrition: Honey- or sugar water and insects
  • Hibernation: Yes (slight)
  • Temperature: 20 - 35 °C (summer, outside the nest)
  • Nest building: Build their nest deep in soil, creates calderas
  • Planting: steppe like
  • Class: medium

 

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Colony - Currently not available
with 70-100 workers

Cataglyphis sp. 3

Added on: 3/4/2015
Article number: casp0024
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Very fortified aggressive ant species with good sight. It is a long-legged and fast moving ant species. They almost can't climb glass panes.

  • Taxonomy: Formicinae
  • Color: red-black
  • Characteristics: polymorph
  • Size: 6 - 12mm
  • Distribution: north africa
  • Nutrition: Honey- or sugar water and insects
  • Hibernation: Yes (slight)
  • Temperature: 20 - 35 °C (summer, outside the nest)
  • Nest building: Build their nest deep in soil, creates calderas
  • Planting: steppe like
  • Class: medium

 

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Colony - Currently not available
with ca. 400 workers
Colony - Currently not available
with 100-150 workers

Cataulacus sp.

Added on: 5/13/2014
Article number: casp0018
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  • Family: Formicidae
  • Subfamily: Myrmicinae
  • Genus: Cataulacus
  • Origin: Central Africa
  • Size: 3-5 mm
  • Color: black

These ants live in hollow thin branches (eg elderberry branches). On a low humidity must be ensured. The temperatures should be due to the origin of ants at 26-28 degrees. Recommended here is the use of a heat radiator. The diet is quite easy with sugar or honey water and various insects. The behavior and the way of life he Cataulacus from Africa resemble the Cephalotes from Asia. A beautiful example of convergent evolution.

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with 10-20 workers
Colonie - Currently not available
wwith 40-50 workers

Messor arenarius

Added on: 4/8/2012
Article number: mear0001
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A matt black colored Messor species from the middle east and northern Africa. This species don't requires hibernation and can be kept warm or at room temperatur in winter. Messsor arenarius is a slim gracile and large Messor species that similar like other Messor produces so called ants bread. This species feeds not only exclusively of seeds, but also by other small animals.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Pheidolini
  • Color: black
  • Size: Worker: 5-18 mm, Queen: 20 mm
  • Distribution: Middle East, Northern Africa
  • Characteristics:  polymorph, monogyne
  • Nest building: Soil nests, often under stones
  • Nutrition: Mostly seeds from different rampant plants (also grass), but insects and honeywater too
  • Temperature: 24- 28°C
  • Hibernation: No
  • Air humidity: dry
  • Planting: nothing specific

All of our Messor will be shipped with a small container of hand-picked plant seeds that are most popular for the Messor.seeds

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Colony - Currently not available
With 70-90 workers

Messor cephalotes

Added on: 5/2/2012
Article number: mece0001
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Largest Messor species in the world with huge majors - it is highly polymorphic. The young animals of these ants have a bright red color. This species does not require hibernation and can be kept warm.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Pheidolini
  • Color: copper red
  • Distribution: Central and East Africa
  • Characteristics:  polymorph, monogyne
  • Nest building: Large soil nests
  • Nutrition: Mostly seeds from different rampant plants (also grass), but insects and honeywater too
  • Temperature: 24- 28°C
  • Hibernation: No
  • Air humidity: dry
  • Planting: nothing specific

All of our Messor will be shipped with a small container of hand-picked plant seeds that are most popular for the Messor.

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Colony - Currently not available
With about 1000 workers

Messor cf. ebeninus

Added on: 5/1/2009
Article number: meeb0001
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A black colored messor species that can be found in Middle East and North Africa. For that reason this species don't require an extensive hibernation phase and so can be kept warm or at room temperatur in winter.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Pheidolini
  • Color: black
  • Size: Worker: 4-11 mm, Queen: 12-13 mm
  • Distribution: Middle East, Northern Africa
  • Characteristics:  polymorph, monogyne
  • Nest building: Soil nests, often under stones
  • Nutrition: Mostly seeds from different rampant plants (also grass), but insects and honeywater too
  • Temperature: 16- 25°C (Mediterranean)
  • Hibernation: No
  • Air humidity: dry
  • Planting: nothing specific

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Small colony - Currently not available
With up to 30 workers
Colony - Currently not available
With 50 workers

Messor cf. minor (Northafrica )

Added on: 8/3/2013
Article number: mecf0003
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Beautiful brown-black colored messor species which is also known as Messor minor hesperius.This species can be found in low lands and also in mountains and don't requires hibernation phase.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Pheidolini
  • Color: Workers: brown with black abdomen, Queen: black
  • Size: Worker: 4-11mm, Queen: 12-13mm
  • Distribution: Northafrica
  • Characteristics:  polymorph
  • Nest building: Soil nests, often under stones
  • Nutrition: Mostly seeds from different rampant plants (also grass), but insects and honeywater too
  • Temperature: 22 - 35 °C
  • Hibernation: No
  • Planting: nothing specific
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Colony - Currently not available
With about 150 workers

Messor hesperius

Added on: 7/1/2008
Article number: mehe0001
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Beautiful brown-black colored messor species which is also known as Messor minor hesperius.This species can be found in low lands and also in mountains and don't requires hibernation phase.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Pheidolini
  • Color: Workers: brown with black abdomen, Queen: black
  • Size: Worker: 4-11mm, Queen: 12-13mm
  • Distribution: Macronesia
  • Characteristics:  polymorph
  • Nest building: Soil nests, often under stones
  • Nutrition: Mostly seeds from different rampant plants (also grass), but insects and honeywater too
  • Temperature: 22 - 30 °C (Mediterranean)
  • Hibernation: No
  • Air humidity: 50-65% (mountains)
  • Planting: nothing specific
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Small colony - Currently not available
Queen with 20 - 30 workers
colony - Currently not available
With 50 - 90 workers
Large colony - Currently not available
With 100 workers

Messor sp. (Central Africa)

Added on: 5/17/2013
Article number: mesp0005
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Central African Messor species with extra ordinary red colored heads. This species doesn't need hibernation. They subsist on seeds, honey-/sugar water but also insects (similar to many Pheidole species). They will often nests in sand or loamy sand.

  • Taxonomy: Myrmicinae
  • Color: shinny black, red heads
  • Distribution: Central Africa
  • Nutrition: Mostly seeds from different rampant plants (also grass), but insects and honeywater too
  • Temperature: 25 - 35 °C
  • Hibernation: No
  • Air humidity: Dry climateseeds
  • Nest building: Soil nests, loam, pebbles
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Class: easy to keep

All Messor will be included with untreated hand-picked plant seeds.

 

 

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Contains 20 - 40 workers
Colony - Currently not available
Contains 40 - 60 workers

Messor sp. (Nothern Africa)

Added on: 5/17/2013
Article number: mesp0006
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Nothern African Messor species  This species doesn't need hibernation. They subsist on seeds, honey-/sugar water but also insects (similar to many Pheidole species). They often nests in sand or loamy sand.

  • Taxonomy: Myrmicinae
  • Color: black brown
  • Distribution: Nothern Africa
  • Nutrition: Mostly seeds from different rampant plants (also grass), but insects and honeywater too
  • Temperature: 25 - 35 °C
  • Hibernation: No
  • Air humidity: Dry climate
  • Nest building: Soil nests, loam, pebbles
  • Planting: nothing specificseeds
  • Class: easy to keep

All Messor will be included with untreated hand-picked plant seeds.

 

 

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Contains 20 - 30 workers
Colony - Currently not available
with 50 workers

Myrmicaria sp. "Africa"

Added on: 10/27/2010
Article number: mysp0002
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A dominant Myrmicaria species from East Africa which builds large nests. This species builds dense streets with ants like Atta in the new world. They build crateriform nests often arround tree trunks.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Myrmicariini
  • Origin: East Africa
  • Characteristics: Monomorph, can not sting
  • Hibernation: No
  • Nest bulding: soil nests, near tree trunks
  • Nutrition: honeywater, insects
  • Temperature: 26 - 30°C
  • Air humidity: dry (veld)

    • These ants have many features that wants a holder : 
    •     They are diurnal
    •     go actively hunt prey
    •     run on roads
    •     can very well hold in a nest ytong
    •     there is always something to watch



 

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With about 800-1000 workers

Ocymyrmex cf. barbiger

Added on: 6/23/2014
Article number: occf0001
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This is a very interesting ant species from southern Africa, which especially stands out due to its exceptional speed when furaging in arid and hot areas. Commonly often called "Hotrod Ant", this ants' genera name also indicates how fast they forage on sandy grounds, primarily preying upon heat-stressed insects. Hence the meaning of Ocymyrmex is simply, fast ant. Another noticeable characteristic is the ability to consume even large prey items in no time.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae, Tribe: Pheidolini
  • Origin: Botswana and South Africa
  • Color: Dark red with lighter colord head, gaster shiny black
  • Size: Queen: about 7 - 9 mm (ergatoid) / Workers: about 7 - 8 mm
  • Dormant phase: In nature from June to end of August; temperatures within this period up to +7 °C at night, up to 20 °C during the day
  • Nutrition: Honey/sugar water and dead insects
  • Temperature: From warm to very hot: about 24 - 34 °C
  • Soil conditions: sandy/rocky soil
  • Nest building: Porous concrete, plaster or soil nests
  • Planting: Typical plants of arid areas
  • Specifics: very fast moving, ergatoid queens

Additional Information: The colonies offered have been kept for about five months and large amounts of brood in all stages have always been present. All colonies developed nicely and showed to be rather easy to keep in captivity. Of course colonies of the offered size also produce males in varying numbers. Obviously each colony contains quite a number of ergatoid queens, but it is unfortunately not possible to determine, how many are actually taking part in the reproduction process.

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With about 100 - 150 workers and undetermined amount of ergatoid queens

Oecophylla longinoda

Added on: 10/21/2013
Article number: oelo0001
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These specie lives in trees like ficus, therein they build their nests. For greater colonies it is better to offer them more trees. They waeve at team work leaves which be use as homebase or louse-cultivation room. Never Nestling in the soil. Use own brood (larvae) to weave

  • Origin:Africa
  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Oecophyllini
  • Characteristics: minors and majors
  • Hibernation: No
  • Appearence of the queen: great, vigorous, often green, brown
  • Appearance of the workers: brown-yellow, slim with long extremities
  • Nest bulding: weaved nests between leaves of trees
  • Nutrition: honeywater, insects
  • Temperature: 24 - 28°C
  • Air humidity: 60 - 80 % (tropical rainforest)
  • Soil conditions: only necessary for planting, nesting between leaves
  • Planting: ficus
  • Level: Medium

Hint: Large Oecophylla longinoda colonies have many branch nests (polydom) but only one main nest with a mated Queen. Because we don't want to cheat our customers we will only sell opened (verified) nests with guaranteed mated Queens which were usually kept by us several months before we sell. Unopened nests can contain parasites or vermins (Mites, cockroaches, etc.). So called low-cost colonies without Queen are wasted money because you don't take pleasure in very long.

 

 

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with 10 - 20 workers

Pachycondyla tarsata

Added on: 5/12/2013
Article number: paan0001
Keywords:
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Platythyrea cribrinodis

Added on: 5/5/2010
Article number: plcr0001
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 Interesting ponerinae species from veld of East-Africa. It is an aggresive species.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Ponerinae, Tribe Platythyreini
  • Distribution: East-Africa
  • Color: black (matt)
  • Size: ca. 20 mm
  • Hibernation: No
  • Nutrition: Honey-/Sugar water, fruits, insects and other small animals, also brood of other ants like Lasius niger
  • Temperature: hot, 26 - 30°C (Ground 26°C)
  • Humidity: dry
  • Soil condition: Sand, Soil
  • Nest building: Soil nest with tree stump or tree root
  • Activity: diurnal
  • Notes: unsuitable for keeping in community basin (exception is Meranoplus)
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Colony - Currently not available
With 40-60 ants

Tetraponera sp. "orange"

Added on: 5/6/2012
Article number: tesp0001
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This Tetraponerinae nests in hollow branchlets similar to the various Pseudomyrmex from the new world. A peculiarity of this species is that these species can also visually orient in the environment.

  • Taxonomie: Subfamily Pseudomyrmecinae
  • Origin: East african veld
  • Color: orange-red
  • Size: 8-10mm
  • Hibernation: No
  • Nutrition: Honey-/sugarwater, insects, other small animals
  • Temperature: 25-30 °C
  • Nestbuilding: myelinated branches (Elder, Walnut)
  • Features: good visual orientation
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Small colony - Currently not available
With 10 - 20 workers
Colony - Currently not available
With 40 - 50 workers

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