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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