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Messor barbarus

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: meba0001

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.


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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