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Ocymyrmex cf. barbiger

Added on: 06/23/14
Article number: occf0001

This is a very interesting ant species from southern Africa, which especially stands out due to its exceptional speed when furaging in arid and hot areas. Commonly often called "Hotrod Ant", this ants' genera name also indicates how fast they forage on sandy grounds, primarily preying upon heat-stressed insects. Hence the meaning of Ocymyrmex is simply, fast ant. Another noticeable characteristic is the ability to consume even large prey items in no time.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae, Tribe: Pheidolini
  • Origin: Botswana and South Africa
  • Color: Dark red with lighter colord head, gaster shiny black
  • Size: Queen: about 7 - 9 mm (ergatoid) / Workers: about 7 - 8 mm
  • Dormant phase: In nature from June to end of August; temperatures within this period up to +7 °C at night, up to 20 °C during the day
  • Nutrition: Honey/sugar water and dead insects
  • Temperature: From warm to very hot: about 24 - 34 °C
  • Soil conditions: sandy/rocky soil
  • Nest building: Porous concrete, plaster or soil nests
  • Planting: Typical plants of arid areas
  • Specifics: very fast moving, ergatoid queens

Additional Information: The colonies offered have been kept for about five months and large amounts of brood in all stages have always been present. All colonies developed nicely and showed to be rather easy to keep in captivity. Of course colonies of the offered size also produce males in varying numbers. Obviously each colony contains quite a number of ergatoid queens, but it is unfortunately not possible to determine, how many are actually taking part in the reproduction process.

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Colony - Currently not available
With about 100 - 150 workers and undetermined amount of ergatoid queens

Oecophylla longinoda

Added on: 10/21/13
Article number: oelo0001


These specie lives in trees like ficus, therein they build their nests. For greater colonies it is better to offer them more trees. They waeve at team work leaves which be use as homebase or louse-cultivation room. Never Nestling in the soil. Use own brood (larvae) to weave

  • Origin:Africa
  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Oecophyllini
  • Characteristics: minors and majors
  • Hibernation: No
  • Appearence of the queen: great, vigorous, often green, brown
  • Appearance of the workers: brown-yellow, slim with long extremities
  • Nest bulding: weaved nests between leaves of trees
  • Nutrition: honeywater, insects
  • Temperature: 24 - 28°C
  • Air humidity: 60 - 80 % (tropical rainforest)
  • Soil conditions: only necessary for planting, nesting between leaves
  • Planting: ficus
  • Level: Medium

Hint: Large Oecophylla longinoda colonies have many branch nests (polydom) but only one main nest with a mated Queen. Because we don't want to cheat our customers we will only sell opened (verified) nests with guaranteed mated Queens which were usually kept by us several months before we sell. Unopened nests can contain parasites or vermins (Mites, cockroaches, etc.). So called low-cost colonies without Queen are wasted money because you don't take pleasure in very long.



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Small colony - Currently not available
with 10 - 20 workers