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Messor capitatus

Added on: 5/12/2013
Article number: meca0001
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Messor barbarus is a Myrmicinae with minor- till major-worker with all passings. Great colonies carry their seeds on long "highways" into the nest. They are storing the seeds in different granaries and prepare them in "chew-communities" to the so-called ant bread especially for the colder season. They lay out an trash-accumulation. This species can tolerate lower temperatures than Messor barbarus.

  • Taxonomy: Myrmicinae
  • Color: shiny black
  • Size: Queen 14 - 16 mm
  • Distribution: South Europe
  • Nutrition: Mostly seeds from different rampant plants (also grass), but insects and honeywater too
  • Temperature: 25 - 30 °C
  • Hibernation: Yes (slight)
  • Air humidity: Dry climate
  • Nest building: Soil nests
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Class: easy to keep

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


Note: Young Queens from current season do not have any offspring (Queens with offspring and/or brood are from last year), they wil lay first eggs in spring.

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Queen with 50 workers