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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

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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

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Small colony - Currently not available
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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Small colony - Currently not available
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 50-100 nworkers
Colonie - Currently not available
With about 800-1000 workers

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