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Formica (Raptiformica) sanguinea

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: rasa0001
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This species is very fascinating because of their "robbery of slaves". During the summer month they organize predatory attacks to the nests of their "helping ants" (Slaves) which provide for the inner household. It could be possible that the slaves also be integrate in the defence. According to the slaves they build a species-typical nest for the robber-ants. Raptiformica sanguinea could as well live without slaves contrary to the "Slave-robbers" Polyergus rufescens (protected specie). Inside the Terrarium such a predatory attack can be produced artificially by giving them cocoons of the slave-ants. So it will be possible to control the amount of different slaves.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae
  • Distribution: Europe
  • Characteristics: Monomorph
  • Color: red-brown, black abdomen and head
  • Nest-building: Ants hill like this of red wood ants
  • Hibernation: Yes
  • Nutrition: Honeywater, insects
  • Air humidity: dry
  • Temperature: Room temperature (Day: heating source)
  • Soil conditions: Sand, pebbles, roots, forest litter material
  • Planting: not necessary
  • Level: easy
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Small Colony - 24.00 €
With 15 - 30 workers
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With 30 - 60 workers
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With at least 100 workers

Formica (Serviformica) cinerea

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: seci0001
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  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae
  • Distribution: Europe
  • Characteristics: Monomorph, greater colonies polygyn
  • Appearence: Colour: silver black; a little bit smaller than Formica rufa
  • Size: 7 - 9 mm
  • Nest-building: Creates sand nests; build sand funnels
  • Hibernation: Yes
  • Nutrition: Honeywater, insects
  • Temperature: Room temperature, very cold resistance
  • Soil conditions: Sand
  • Planting: veld plants
  • Level: easy
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Large colony - 39.00 €
With 60-80 workers

Formica (Serviformica) cunicularia

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: focu0001
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Common "helping ant" (slaves) like Formica fusca for the predation ants e.g. Raptiformica or Polyergus. It is favored over Formica fusca by Polyergus for example.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae
  • Distribution: Europe
  • Characteristics: Monomorph, colonies seldom polygyn
  • Size: Workers: 5 - 7 mm, Queen: 8 -9 mm
  • Nest-building: Earth mounds in sunny grass land
  • Nutrition: Honeywater, insects
  • Hibernation: Yes
  • Temperature: warm (at day time heating source possible)
  • Soil conditions: Sand-Loam
  • Planting: optional
  • Level: easy
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Contains about 20-30 workers
Queen - Currently not available
With 5-10 workers

Formica (Serviformica) fusca

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: fofu0001
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Common "helping ant" (sclaves) for the predation ants e.g. Raptiformica.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae
  • Distribution: Europe
  • Characteristics: Monomorph, greater colonies polygyn
  • Size: 5 - 8 mm
  • Appearence of the queen: Colour: glossy black; a little bit smaller than Formica rufa
  • Appearence of the workers: Colour: glossy black; a little bit smaller than Formica rufa
  • Nest-building: Under rotten wood, under stones and in soil
  • Hibernation: Yes
  • Nutrition: Honeywater, insects
  • Temperature: Room temperature, very cold resistance
  • Soil conditions: Similar to the forest biotopes, brieght
  • Planting: Moos (optional)
  • Level: easy
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With 20 - 30 workers
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With 50 - 150 workers
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With 150 - 500 workers
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With 50 - 150 ants and 2 - 3 Queens

Formica (Serviformica) lusatica (polygyn)

Added on: 4/25/2008
Article number: fose0001
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A Serviformica which prefers wram, sunny sand habitates.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae
  • Distribution: Middle- to Northern Europe and Middle Asia
  • Characteristics: Monomorph, polygyn
  • Size:
  • Nest-building: Sand mounds
  • Nutrition: Honeywater, insects
  • Hibernation: Yes
  • Temperature: warm (at day time heating source possible)
  • Soil conditions: Sand-Loam
  • Planting: optional
  • Level: easy
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With approx. 20 workers
Big Colony - Currently not available
with 50-100 workers

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