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Messor barbarus

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: meba0001
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Category: Ants>Europe

Messor barbarus is a Myrmicinae with minor- till major-worker with all passings. Great colonies carry on long "highways" their seeds into the nest. They storing the seed in different granaries and prepare in "chew-communities" the so-called ant bread especially for the colder season. They lay out an trash-accumulation.

  • Taxonomy: Myrmicinae
  • Color: black, sometimes red brown heads
  • 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, loam, pebbles
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Class: easy to keep

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

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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With 15 - 50 workers
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With at least 100 workers
Small Colony (red head) - Currently not available
Contains 5 - 15 workers
Colony - Currently not available
With 50 - 99 workers

Messor bouvieri

Added on: 1/13/2008
Article number: mebo0001
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Category: Ants>Europe
  • Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae, Tribe: Pheidolini
  • Color: black
  • Size: Queen 14 - 16 mm
  • Distribution: South Europe
  • Nutrition: Mostly seeds from different rampant plants (also grass), but insects and honeywater too
  • Hibernation: Yes (slight)
  • Air humidity: Dry climate
  • Nest building: Soil nests
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Class: easy to keep
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Colony - Currently not available
Contains 30 - 50 ants

Messor cf. ebeninus

Added on: 5/1/2009
Article number: meeb0001
Keywords:
Category: Ants>Africa

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

All of our Messor will be shipped with a small container of hand-picked plant seeds that are most popular for the Messor.seeds

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With up to 30 workers
Colony - Currently not available
With 50 workers

Messor cf. meridionale

Added on: 6/15/2009
Article number: mecf0001
Keywords:
Category: Ants>Europe

A dark brown colored messor species from Greece. 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: drak brown
  • Size: Worker: 4-11 mm, Queen: 12-13 mm
  • Origin: Greece
  • 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: 20 - 25°C (Mediterranean)
  • 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.seeds

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With 10 - 30 workers
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With about 60 - 80 workers
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30 - 60

Messor cf. orientalis

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: mesp0001
Keywords:
Category: Ants>Asia

Oriental Messor species which doesn't need hibernation. This species is also active in cool season in their range. It is significant easier to keep this species than for example Messor barbarus and they subsist on seeds, honey-/sugar water but also insects (similar to many Pheidole species). A typical identifiers is the caldera formed nest entry. They will often be found in sand or loamy sand. The shape of the body is slimmer than of Messor barbarus and the color of the workers is brown till black. The queen is colored black with brown legs.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Myrmicinae, Tribe Pheidolini
  • Color: Workers: darkbrown, Queen: black with brown legs
  • Size: Queen 11 - 13 mm
  • Distribution: Orient (Asia Minor)
  • Characteristics:  polymorph
  • Nest building: Soil nests, often in sand or under stones
  • Nutrition: Mostly seeds from different rampant plants (also grass), but insects and honeywater too
  • Temperature: 22 - 30 °C
  • Hibernation: No
  • Air humidity: Dry climate
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Level: very easy to keep


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Contains 30 - 50 ants
Large colony - Currently not available
With 150 - 200 workers

Messor hesperius

Added on: 7/1/2008
Article number: mehe0001
Keywords:
Category: Ants>Africa

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 structor

Added on: 4/26/2009
Article number: mest0001
Keywords:
Category: Ants>Europe

Messor structor is a Myrmicinae like Messor barbarus with minor- till major-worker with all passings. Great colonies carry their seeds on long "highways" into the nest. They stores the seed in different granaries and create so-called ants bread in "chew-communities" especially for the colder season. They lay out an trash-accumulation. In contrary to other Messor species this species is polygyn i.e. has several Queens.

  • Taxonomy: Myrmicinae
  • Color: black
  • Size: Queen 14 - 16 mm
  • Origin: South France
  • 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, loam, pebbles
  • Planting: nothing specific
  • Class: easy to keep

All of our Messor will be shipped with a small container of hand-picked plant seeds that are most popular for the Messor.seeds

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Colony - Currently not available
With several Queens
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With 30-50 workers

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