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Megalomyrmex sp.

Added on: 10/11/2012
Article number: mesp0004
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  • Distribution: South America Subfamily: Myrmicinae Genus: Megalomyrmex
  • Size : Worker: 5mm queen: about 5-6mm polygynous
  • Lifestyle : A resident of the South American rainforest.
  • Nutrition : Honey- or sugar water and insects
  • Attitude : Ideally in a well planted tropical pool with rotten wood.
  • Temperature : 24 - 26 °C

Here these ants exist predominantly in rotten wood. High humidity is vital for this ant. You have to have a fast recruitment behavior and by their chemical defenses, they can defend themselves against much larger and more aggressive ants. In the long run Megalomyrmex is spec. not recommended for a community tank. Through their strong chemical defenses expel them from the other ants feeding grounds.

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Colony - 79.00 €
Colony - 99.00 €
Polygyne colony with 60 - 100 workers
Colony - Currently not available
Polygyne colony with 100 - 150 workers

Camponotus cf. atriceps

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: casp0005
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This is a very beautiful colored and easy to keep Campnotus species from South American rain forest.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Camponotini
  • Characteristics: Minor- and Major workers
  • Color: black-yellow
  • Size: 6 - 11 mm, Queen: 14 - 16 mm
  • Distribution: South America
  • Nutrition: Honey- or sugar water and insects
  • Hibernation: No
  • Temperature: 24 - 28 °C (tropical)
  • Humidity: Rain forest
  • Nest building: This species nests in holes of trees and epiphytes, suitable for ytong nests
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Level: easy
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Colony - 189.00 €
ca. 100 workers
Small colony - Currently not available
With 30-40 workers

Atta sexdens

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: atse0001
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Fungus cultivating ants species, cutting leafs which process to pulp is the basis of their fungus cultivation.

  • Distribution: South-America
  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Attini
  • Characteristics: very intensive caste
  • Appearence of the queen: about 30 mm, very dark brown stout queen
  • Appearance of the workers: brown, at the back with thorns
  • Appearance of the soldiers: to 18 mm, well-fortified animals
  • Nutrition: fungi which the ants cultivate of bramble-, raspberry-, oaks- or roseleafs
  • Temperature: 24°C
  • Air humidity: dump-tropical rainforest
  • Soil conditions: loam, humus soil,
  • Level: advancer
  • Risks: Because of the high air humiditiy there is a higher risk of mildews and mites
  • Specifics: fungus cultivating ant-specie, cutting leafs which process to pulp is the basis of their fungus cultivation.
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Small colony - Currently not available
Large colony - 889.00 €
Large colony with approx. 10 litres fungus and several thousand workers.No shipping, pickup only!
Shipping restrictions: No shipping is possible, self collecting is required

Pogonomyrmex barbatus

Added on: 8/24/2011
Article number: poba0001
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A North American harvester ant with a copper red color. Pogonomyrmex species typically harvest seeds, which are stored as an additional food source. However, large amounts of insects are captured by colonies.

  • Taxonomy: Myrmicinae
  • Color: copper red
  • Distribution: Northern America
  • Nutrition: mostly seeds from different rampant plants (also grasses), but also insects and honeywater
  • Temperature: 25 - 35 °C
  • Hibernation: no *1
  • Air humidity: dry climate
  • Nest building: soil nests
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Class: easy to keep

Untreated hand-picked plant seeds will be included with all Pogonomyrmex sold.

seeds

*1: Keeping this ants for 2-3 months around 20°C is recommended.


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Small colony - Currently not available
With about 10-15 workers
Medium colony - Currently not available
With about 20-30 workers
Large colony - Currently not available
With about 40-50 workers
Large Colony - Currently not available
- with 500 workers

Pogonomyrmex rugosus

Added on: 5/21/2012
Article number: poru0002
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A beautiful North American harvester ant. The mainly black coloration appears shiny blue under light and also shows red highlights. Pogonomyrmex species typically harvest seeds, which are stored as an additional food source. However, large amounts of insects are captured by colonies.

  • Taxonomy: Myrmicinae
  • Color: blackish-red; color is highly variable
  • Distribution: Northern America
  • Nutrition: mostly seeds from different rampant plants (also grasses), but also insects and honeywater
  • Temperature: 25 - 35 °C
  • Hibernation: no *1
  • Air humidity: dry climate
  • Nest building: soil nests
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Class: easy to keep, but quite aggressive

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seeds

*1: Keeping this ants for 2-3 months at about 20°C is recommended.

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Colony - Currently not available
With about 15 workers

Pseudomyrmex gracilis

Added on: 12/20/2011
Article number: psgr0001
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Pseudomyrmex gracilis occurs well into the tropical part of South America in the southern part of North America, central America. You will be shown at various of colors and sizes. This large Pseudomyrmecinae inhabited hollow branches. In the position, you can use dry branches of blackberries or raspberries, scrape out the marrow of animals to build their nest. All branches must be able to dry after irrigation so as not to molds. The species can be well socialized, other ants they nimbly dodges. You can see very well and react to slight movements in the visual field. Your wasp-like appearance and rapid jerky movements are an exception for arboreal ants. The animals are very active and four operate continuously during the day, you should offer them a large terrarium with lots of plants.

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Colony, orange-brown form - Currently not available
With 30 workers
Colony, black form - Currently not available
With 100 - 200 workers
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50 - 100 workers

Atta sp. "South America"

Added on: 11/19/2009
Article number: atse0002
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Fungus cultivating ants species, cutting leafs which process to pulp is the basis of their fungus cultivation. This species is a notably large Atta.

  • Distribution: South-America
  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Attini
  • Characteristics: very intensive caste
  • Appearence of the queen: about 30 mm, very dark brown stout queen
  • Appearance of the workers: brown, at the back with thorns
  • Appearance of the soldiers: to 18 mm, well-fortified animals
  • Nutrition: fungi which the ants cultivate of bramble-, raspberry-, oaks- or roseleafs
  • Temperature: 24°C
  • Air humidity: dump-tropical rainforest
  • Soil conditions: loam, humus soil,
  • Level: advancer
  • Risks: Because of the high air humiditiy there is a higher risk of mildews and mites
  • Specifics: fungus cultivating ant-specie, cutting leafs which process to pulp is the basis of their fungus cultivation..

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Attention: Breeding from a Queen is very difficult even with fungus and mated Queen. Only for advanced keepers!

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Queen - Currently not available
Contains Queen with fungus

Pseudomyrmex sp.

Added on: 11/11/2009
Article number: pssp0001
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  • Taxonomy: Subfamilie Pseudomyrmecinae
  • Origin: Paraguay
  • Color: multi colored, orange-brown
  • Size:
  • Hibernation: No
  • Nutrition:  Honey/sugarwater, insects, spiders and other small animals
  • Temperature:  from cool through very hot 15 - 30°C
  • Soil conditions: not necessary because nests in wood
  • Nest building: nests in small branches of plants and stems of bushes
  • Planting: Plants with nectary like Passiflora, Impatiens, etc. useful
  • Specifics: Nesting in plants

 

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Pseudomyrmex cf. pallidus

Added on: 11/11/2009
Article number: pssp0002
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This is a small but noticeable Pseudomyrmecinae from North America, which sticks out because of her yellow color and special living. This species lives in hollow stems of small plants and bushes. A noticeable characteristic is the fast and jerkily movement of the ants and also the disproportional large black eyes.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily: Pseudomyrmecinae
  • Origin: North America
  • Color: yellow
  • Size: 6 - 7 mm
  • Hibernation: no
  • Nutrition: honey/sugar water and insects
  • Temperature: from warm to hot: 24 - 30°C
  • Soil conditions: not necessary because nests in wood
  • Nest building: nests in small branches of plants and small stems of bushes
  • Planting: plants with nectary like Passiflora, Impatiens, etc. useful
  • Specifics: nests in stems, performs fast and jerkily movements, good eyesight

 

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With 20 - 30 workers
Big colony, Paraguay - Currently not available
100 - 150 Workers
Small Colony, Variety from Paraguay, sometimes polygyn - Currently not available
10 - 20 workers (sometimes polygyn)
Colony, variety from Paraguay - Currently not available
20 - 40 workers, polygyn

Pseudomyrmex sp.

Added on: 11/11/2009
Article number: pssp0003
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  • Taxonomy: Subfamilie Pseudomyrmecinae
  • Origin: Paraguay
  • Color: black
  • Size:
  • Hibernation: No
  • Nutrition:  Honey/sugarwater, insects, spiders and other small animals
  • Temperature:  from cool through very hot 15 - 30°C
  • Soil conditions: not necessary because nests in wood
  • Nest building: nests in small branches of plants and stems of bushes
  • Planting: Plants with nectary like Passiflora, Impatiens, etc. useful
  • Specifics: Nesting in plants

 

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Colony - Currently not available
With 15-20 workers

Odontomachus cf. haematodus

Added on: 7/23/2010
Article number: odsp0003
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These ants are able to catapult themselfs up to 40 cm far thru sudden lock up of their mandibles. This mandible lock up is the fastest known mechanism in the fauna. The upper jaw closes with a speed of 38 to 64 m/s. Thru locking up their jaws they are anesthetizing their prey to afterwards sting it to death. It is improper for a corporate tank/formicarium because they will attack any other species at first encounter.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Ponerinae, Tribe Ponerini
  • Distribution: South America
  • Color: black
  • Size: 8 - 12 mm
  • Hibernation: No
  • Nutrition: Sugar water and insects
  • Temperature: 24 - 28 °C
  • Nest building: Soil nests and rotten wood
  • Keeping level: easy
  • Dangers: can sting
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With 5-10 workers

Pachycondyla cf. verenae

Added on: 3/30/2013
Article number: pacf0001
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This medium sized ant spcies is predestinated for a planted tropical terrarium. It is a very active diurnal hunter. Socialization with other species is not recommended. Larger colonies are showing a strong aggressiveness. It is a nice counterpart to the famous Diacamma sp.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Ponerinae, Tribe Ponerini
  • Distribution: Central- to South America
  • Color: black
  • Size: 12-16 mm
  • Appearance: black, ectomorphic
  • Hibernation: No
  • Nutrition: Honey-/Sugar water and insects
  • Temperature: warm, 22 - 28°C (Rainforest climate)
  • Humidity: high
  • Soil condition: Humus layer soil
  • Nest building: rotten wood (tree roots/branches)
  • Planting: Any rain forest plants
  • Keeping level: easy
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Small colony - Currently not available
With 10 - 20 workers
Colony - Currently not available
20-30 workers (2014)

Odontomachus erythrocephalus

Added on: 10/22/2014
Article number: oder0001
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Odontomachus erythrocephalus is a remarkably colored species of trap-jaw ants nesting directly in soil or under objects like rotting wood. The red head and yellow legs are very prominent characteristics of this species besides it's highly aggressiv behavior.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Ponerinae, Tribe Ponerini
  • Origin: Central America
  • Color: Red head, yellow legs and reddish brown body
  • Size: 10 - 14 mm
  • Dormant phase: None
  • Nutrition: Honey/sugar water and insects
  • Temperature: 22 - 26 °C
  • Nest building: Soil nests
  • Specifics: Able to sting

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Small colony - Currently not available
40 - 60 workers

Odontomachus chelifer

Added on: 10/22/2014
Article number: odch0001
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 Odontomachus chelifer is one of the world's largest Odontomachus species. Nests are usually created directly in the soil or between the roots of trees. In established colonies the metallic shimmering individuals appear slightly polymorph with obvious difference in size. Larger workers reach a size of more than 2 cm.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Ponerinae, Tribe Ponerini
  • Origin: Central and South America
  • Color: Reddish brown with lighter legs and metallic shimmer
  • Size: 16 - 20 mm
  • Dormant phase: None
  • Nutrition: Honey/sugar water and insects
  • Temperature: 22 - 26 °C
  • Nest building: Soil nests
  • Specifics: Able to sting

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Colony - Currently not available
5 - 10 workers

Camponotus spec

Added on: 12/8/2014
Article number: casp0020
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A ground-dwelling Camponotus, which stands out with a shimmery black color. She lives in Erdnestern and developed large colonies.

  • Taxonomy: Family Formicinae, Tribe Camponotini
  • Characteristics: minor and major workers
  • Color: shimmering black
  • Size: 6 - 11 mm, Queen: 12 mm
  • Distribution: Central America
  • Nutrition: Sugar water and insects
  • Hibernation: No
  • Temperature: 24 - 28 ° C (tropical)
  • Humidity: Rain Forest
  • Nest building: Soil nests under stones
  • Planting: Not necessary
  • Class: easy
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Colony - Currently not available
With 10 - 20 workers
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50 - 100 workers

Crematogaster spec.

Added on: 7/2/2014
Article number: crsp0001
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Colony - Currently not available
20 - 30 workers

Pachycondyla cf. crenata

Added on: 7/2/2014
Article number: pacf0002
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Colony - Currently not available
10 - 20 workers (2014)

Cephalotes (Cryptocerus) cf. pusillus

Added on: 11/8/2009
Article number: cecr0001
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Very individual shaped Myrmicinae which can close their nest entries with their head similar like Camponotus truncatus. This species is ideal for keeping in a community basin (basin with different ants species) because they don't attack other species. They even can't be attacked by other species because of their individual shape. In danger they duck down like a turtle on to the ground and even their antennas can be hidden in special notch on the head. In addition Cephalotes have a very good sight and reacts very fast on movements in their environment. Some Cephalotes species can control their flight direction during free fall with the purpose to land on their nest tree.

Important keeping notice: The nest branches have got to be able to dry off permanently. A good air circulation is essential. Mould growth in nesting area can kill the ants in the long-term.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamilie Myrmicinae, Tribe Cephalotini
  • Distribution: South America
  • Color: silvery-black
  • Size: 3 - 7 mm, Queen: approx. 9 mm
  • Hibernation: No
  • Nutrition:  Honey/sugarwater, insects, spiders and other small animals
  • Temperature:  from cool through very hot 15 - 30°C
  • Soil conditions: not necessary because nests in wood
  • Nest building: nests in small branches of trees and hollow stems of bushes
  • Planting: Plants with nectary like Passiflora, Impatiens, etc. useful
  • Specifics: polymorph (3 - 7 mm)

 

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With 100 - 200 ants

Acromyrmex sp.

Added on: 1/13/2014
Article number: acsp0004
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A particularly interesting colored Acromyrmex species from Central America.

  • Distribution: Central America
  • Taxonomy: Family Myrmicinae, Tribe Attini
  • Characteristics: Very polymorph
  • Appearance: Workers are at the back with thorns
  • Color: light brown
  • Nest building: Usually soil nests with fungus chambers
  • Nutrition: fungi which the ants cultivate of bramble-, raspberry-, oaks-or rose petals breed, but nibble and also like an apple. This Acromyrmex sp. prefer chickweed, clover and rose petals for their fungus.
  • Temperature: 23-26 ° C
  • Soil: but clay, humus, sand can also be kept without any substrate
  • Planting: no
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Colony - Currently not available
With several hundred workers

Ectatomma cf. tuberculatum

Added on: 3/30/2013
Article number: eccf0001
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This ant has beautiful copper red color. They form medium large colonies and build soil nests. These are always on the trunk of a small tree. Interestingly, the nest entrance is extended by plant material on the trunk. For large colonies of this inlet house may well be 100 cm high. By day you can watch on a semi-high bushes and grasses in a watchful attitude often with open mandibles. These ants are not suitable for keeping in community basins with other species. They are skilled hunters easily overwhelm other ants. This Ectatomma cf. tuberculatum species is ideal for keeping in a planted tropical terrarium.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Ponerinae, Tribe Ectatommini
  • Distribution: Southern America
  • Color: red
  • Size: 9-11 mm
  • Hibernation: no
  • Nutrition: Honey-/sugar emulsion, insects and other small animals
  • Temperature: 25-28°C
  • Nesting: Soil nests
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Specifics: Can sting
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Small Colony - Currently not available
With 5 - 10 Workers

Camponotus sp. "South America"

Added on: 4/3/2009
Article number: casp0013
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Small until medium sized Formicinae that looks a bit similar to our forest ants (Formica). They are not very aggressive, and can be kept together with other ants in one communal basin. It is an imposingly ants species that like light terrariums.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Camponotini
  • Distribution: Central- to Southern America
  • Color: yellow-orange
  • Nutrition: Honey- or sugar water and insects and other small animals
  • Hibernation: No
  • Climate: tropical rainforest
  • Nest building: In hollow stems and small branches of trees or bushes
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Level: medium
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Big Colony - Currently not available
With approx. 150-200 workers
Colony - Currently not available
With about 30-40 workers

Cyphomyrmex sp.

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: cysp0001
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Fungi breeding myrmicinae from south America. Cultivates the fungus of insect feces/corpus, pieces of fruits. It's very appropriated to combine them in one basin with other ant species. Also aggressive ant species are almost innocuous to them because they seems to have an daunting substance. They don't cut leaves.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae,Tribe Attini
  • Origin: Southern America
  • Hibernation: No
  • Color: medium till dark brown
  • Nest bulding: Within fungi under rotten wood
  • Nutrition: fungi which the ants cultivate of pieces of fruits and insect feces/corpus.
  • Temperature: 25 - 28°C
  • Air humidity: 60 - 80 % (tropical rainforest)
  • Soil conditions: moist Humus (foliage) and rotten wood
  • Planting: possible but not necessary
  • Keeping Level: easy
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Colony - Currently not available
With about 20 - 30 workers
Large colony - Currently not available
With about 50 workers

Paraponera clavata

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: pacl0001
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  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Ponerinae, Tribe Ponerini
  • Distribution: Central- to South America
  • Color: black
  • Size: 28 - 30 mm
  • Appearance: black with yellow lower legs
  • Hibernation: No
  • Nutrition: Honey-/Sugar water and insects
  • Temperature: warm, 24 - 28°C (Rainforest climate)
  • Humidity: high
  • Soil condition: Humus layer soil
  • Nest building: In Soil; Creates mounds in larger colonies
  • Planting: Any rain forest plants
  • Keeping level: Difficult
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Colony - Currently not available
Contains about 8-10 own workers

Crematogaster limata parabiotica, Camponotus femoratus (Ants garden)

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: crli0001
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  • Distribution: South America
  • Color: black
  • Size: Crematogaster: 2 - 3 mm, Camponotus: 5 - 10 mm (polymorph)
  • Appearance: black with yellow antenna tops, lank
  • Hibernation: No
  • Nutrition: Honey-/Sugar water and insects
  • Temperature: warm, 22 - 28°C (Rainforest climate)
  • Humidity: high
  • Soil condition: see nest building
  • Nest building: Ants garden on trees
  • Planting: Ficus or similar
  • Keeping level: medium
  • Specifics: Parabiosis between Crematogaster and Camponotus
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Colony - Currently not available
Crematogaster colony with 100 workers

Pachycondyla apicalis

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: paap0001
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Big and long- legged antspecies that combines several preferences of other antspecies. Pachycondyla apicalis have almost the same visual ability as Myrmecia (bulldogant), furthermore apicalis is highly adaptive (learns quick to accept food offered by hand) and is able to stridulate clearly hearable just as Paraponera and Atta.Unlike to most of the other antspecies apicalis do not depend on chemical traces because it predominantly navigate by the use of visual orientation.While transportation of prey back to the nest they use the alternative to jump off a twig and is stil able to find their way home after short reorientation (subjective study).This antspecies use the ability to lead conspecifics through tandem walks and do hunt single and also in packs.Pachycondyla apicalis is unique and not comparable with other Pachycondyla species.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Ponerinae, Tribe Ponerini
  • Distribution: Central- to South America
  • Color: black
  • Size: 20 - 21 mm
  • Appearance: black with yellow antenna tops, lank
  • Hibernation: No
  • Nutrition: Honey-/Sugar water and insects
  • Temperature: warm, 22 - 28°C (Rainforest climate)
  • Humidity: high
  • Soil condition: Humus layer soil
  • Nest building: rotten wood (tree roots/branches)
  • Planting: Any rain forest plants
  • Keeping level: easy
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Colony - Currently not available
With about 5-10 workers

Ectatomma quadridens

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: ecsp0001
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This Ponerine shows nice light reflextions on intense lighting.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Ponerinae, Tribe Ectatommini
  • Distribution: Southern America
  • Color: black
  • Size: 9-11 mm
  • Hibernation: no
  • Nutrition: Honey-/sugar emulsion, insects and other small animals
  • Temperature: 25-28°C
  • Nesting: Soil nests
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Specifics: Can sting

 

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Small Colony - Currently not available
With 2 - 5 workers

Camponotus sp. "orange"

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: casp0001
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This is a very beautiful colored Campnotus species from South American rain forest.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Camponotini
  • Color: orange-yellow
  • Distribution: South America
  • Nutrition: Honey- or sugar water and insects
  • Hibernation: No
  • Temperature: 24 - 28 °C (tropical)
  • Size: Queen: 12 mm
  • Humidity: Rain forest
  • Nest building: This species nests in holes of trees and rotten tree branchesl nests
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Level: Advanced level
  • Specifics: This species don't need much space and can be kept with other species in one bassin because it isn't an aggressive species.
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Colony - Currently not available
Contains 40-50 workers

Camponotus punctulatus

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: casp0003
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Origin: Argentinia

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Camponotus substitutus

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: casp0004
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Aggressive Camponotus species from South America. Uses it's chemical weapon (formic acid) fast.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Camponotini
  • Origin: Central to South America
  • Hibernation: Nein
  • Temperature: 22 - 28 °C
  • Nest building: rotten wood and soil, suitable for ytong nests
  • Nutrition: sugar water and insects
  • Level: easy
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Big Colony - Currently not available
Contains 500-1000 workers

Pachycondyla impressa

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: paim0001
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Very compact and strong Ponerinae species, forages in groups, mostly on ground. This species almost can not climb glasses.

 

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Ponerinae, Tribe Ponerini
  • Distribution: South America
  • Color: black
  • Size: 20 - 21 mm
  • Appearance: black, compact body, strong mandibles
  • Hibernation: No
  • Nutrition: Insects, Spiders, etc.
  • Temperature: warm, 22 - 28°C (Rainforest climate)
  • Soil condition: noting specific (Sand, Loam, Humus)
  • Nest building: Soil nests
  • Planting: Any rain forest plants
  • Keeping level: easy
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Colony - Currently not available
With first workers

Odontomachus hastatus

Added on: 5/23/2008
Article number: odha0001
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Very nice colored Odontomachus that commonly nests in the crow of trees between epiphytes. This species creates artistic nests in shape of a large sphere which is padded with moss and other small plant matter.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Ponerinae, Tribe Ponerini
  • Distribution: Southern America
  • Hibernation: No
  • Color: yellow-brown
  • Nutrition: Sugar water and insects
  • Temperature: 24 - 28 °C
  • Climate: Tropical
  • Nest building: Soil nests and rotten wood
  • Keeping level: easy
  • Dangers: can sting
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Young colony - Currently not available
5 - 10 workers

Pachycondyla villosa

Added on: 3/22/2009
Article number: pavi0001
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A black-silvery shaded Pachycondyla species which comunicate very intensively. This species nests in dry tree branches and also in epiphytes like bromeliead. Colonies do not become too large compared to Pachycondyla apicalis for example.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Ponerinae, Tribe Ponerini
  • Distribution: Central- to South America
  • Color: black-silvery shaded
  • Hibernation: No
  • Nutrition: Honey-/Sugar water and insects
  • Temperature: warm, 22 - 28°C (Rainforest climate)
  • Humidity: high
  • Soil condition: Humus layer soil
  • Nest building: dry wood or epiphytes (tree roots/branches)
  • Planting: Epiphytes
  • Keeping level: easy
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Small colony - Currently not available

Dolichoderus cf. attelaboides

Added on: 4/3/2009
Article number: docf0001
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Colony - Currently not available
With about 20-30 workers

Acromyrmex cf. crassispinus

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: acsp0001
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A very robust Acromyrmex species wich don't need much space. This species is smaller than Acromyrmex octospinosus and colored chocolate brown. Larger colonies can be kept in multiple basins which are connected together with pipes. They cut various kind of leaves e.g. bramble-, raspberry-, oaks-,roseleaves, privet etc. They cultivate a fungus garden which they do dung, trim and "medicate" with a hormone they produce in special adenoids. They will pulpify the leaves and apply it on the fungus. Old pieces of fungus will be removed and thrown to special midden. They will almost only subsist on special "bulbs" that they can harvest from fungus. This offered Acromyrmex are young colonies, no queens from existing colonies.

 

Note: We guarantee that all queens in these young colonies are mated.

  • Distribution: South-America
  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Attini
  • Characteristics: very intensive caste
  • Size: Queen 10 - 12 mm, Workers may ranges from 5 to 15 mm
  • Appearance: Workers are at the back with thorns
  • Color: black-brown
  • Nest building: Usually soil nests with fungus chamber
  • Nutrition: fungi which the ants cultivate of bramble-, raspberry-, oaks- or roseleaves
  • Temperature: 20 - 25°C
  • Soil conditions: loam, humus soil but can also be kept without any substrate
  • Planting: None
  • Level: advancer

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Queen - Currently not available
Contains a queen with fungus and at least eggs
Colony - Currently not available
Contains fungus and ca 30-50 workers

Camponotus cf. renggeri

Added on: 12/17/2008
Article number: casp0011
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An Camponotus species that is easy to keep and that breeds very fast and easy.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Camponotini
  • Distribution: Southern America
  • Color: black with yellow legs
  • Size:14 - 16 mm
  • Nutrition: Honey- or sugar water and insects
  • Hibernation: No
  • Climate: subtropical until tropical, dry
  • Nest building: Soilnests
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Level: easy
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Queen - Currently not available
With brood or first workers
Small Colony - Currently not available
At least 10 workers

Acromyrmex cf. coronatus

Added on: 11/30/2008
Article number: acsp0003
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A very interesting Acromyrmex species from Central-American highlands.

  • Distribution: Central-America
  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Attini
  • Characteristics: very intensive caste
  • Appearance: Workers are at the back with thorns
  • Color: light brown until dark brown, Queen multi colored (see photo)
  • Nest building: Usually soil nests with fungus chamber
  • Nutrition: fungi which the ants cultivate of bramble-, raspberry-, oaks- or roseleaves
  • Temperature: 15 - 25°C
  • Soil conditions: loam, humus soil but can also be kept without any substrate
  • Planting: None
  • Difficulty: medium
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Atta cephalotes

Added on: 10/7/2008
Article number: atce0001
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Fungus cultivating ants species, cutting leafs which process to pulp is the basis of their fungus cultivation.

  • Distribution: South- and Central America
  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Attini
  • Characteristics: very intensive caste
  • Appearence of the queen: about 30 mm, very dark brown stout queen
  • Appearance of the workers: brown, at the back with thorns
  • Appearance of the soldiers: to 18 mm, well-fortified animals
  • Nutrition: fungi which the ants cultivate of bramble-, raspberry-, oaks- or roseleafs
  • Temperature: 24 °C
  • Air humidity: dump-tropical rainforest
  • Soil conditions: loam, humus soil,
  • Level: advancer
  • Risks: because of the high air humiditiy there is a higher risk of mildews and mites
  • Specifics: fungus cultivating ant-specie, cutting leafs which process to pulp is the basis of their fungus cultivation.
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Small Colony
Large colony - Currently not available
With approx. 5000 - 10000 workers, and 5 liter Fungus

Acromyrmex sp. "Paraguay"

Added on: 10/31/2008
Article number: acsp0002
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  • Distribution: South-America
  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Attini
  • Characteristics: very intensive caste
  • Appearance: Workers are at the back with thorns
  • Color: brown
  • Size: 4-8 mm
  • Nest building: Usually soil nests with fungus chamber
  • Nutrition: fungi which the ants cultivate of bramble-, raspberry-, oaks- or roseleaves
  • Temperature: 20 - 26°C
  • Soil conditions: loam, humus soil but can also be kept without any substrate
  • Planting: None
  • Difficulty: advancer

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Small Colony - Currently not available

Gigantiops destructor

Added on: 11/1/2008
Article number: gide0001
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  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Gigantiopini
  • Distribution: South America
  • Color: black
  • Size: Queen: 15 mm, Worker: 10 - 15 mm
  • Nutrition: Honey- or sugar water and insects
  • Hibernation: No (see climate)
  • Climate: tropical
  • Humidity: Rain forest
  • Nest building: This species nests in soil and hollow tree branches (Very suitable for keeping in Ytong-Stones)
  • Planting: Various rain forest plants (recommended)
  • Level: medium
  • Activity: diurnal (good lighting required)
  • Specifics: Formicine with big eyes and a very good sight. They are moving by jumping from leaf to leaf and they recognizes their prey from larger distances. Persons are recognized and followed with their eyes by wagging the heads. If they feel threatened they are able to move backwards. Is able to spray their acid very aimed.
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Colony - Currently not available
With 30-40 workers
Colony - Currently not available
200 - 300 workers

Atta mexicana

Added on: 10/17/2009
Article number: atme0001
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Fungus cultivating ants species, cutting leafs which process to pulp is the basis of their fungus cultivation. This species can be found in arid areas in Mexico,

  • Distribution: Mexico
  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Attini
  • Characteristics: very intensive caste
  • Appearence of the queen: about 30 mm, dark brown queen
  • Appearance of the workers: darkbrown, at the back with thorns
  • Appearance of the soldiers:  up to18 mm, well-fortified animals
  • Nutrition: fungi which the ants cultivate of bramble-, raspberry-, oaks- or roseleafs
  • Temperature: 24 - 28°C
  • Soil conditions: loam, humus soil,
  • Level: advancer
  • Risks: Because of the high air humiditiy there is a higher risk of mildews and mites
  • Specifics: fungus cultivating ant-specie, cutting leafs which process to pulp is the basis of their fungus cultivation.

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Small colonie - Currently not available
Fungus size of a tennisball at least 50 workers

RENDERING: 120 ms, LOADING: ? ms