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Thief Ants Solenopsis fugax

Thief Ants Solenopsis fugax


Let's talk about the crafty Solenopsis fugax, better known as the thief ant! These marvellous creatures are some of the most fascinating in the ant kingdom. You see, they've earned their name 'thief ant' from their sly and cunning behaviour. Rather than solely relying on gathering food, these ants have adopted a sneaky approach to survival. 

Colonies are polygenous (multiple queens) and can reach up to 100.000 workers in nature. Fresh queens are fully claustral (do not need feeding until first workers) but we suggest treating them well in captivity so protein jelly once a week is recommended. The queen's size is around 6-7mm and workers are tiny, 1.5-3mm.

Not suitable for beginners. Solenopsis fugax are smart and very well-organised ants and will try to escape 24/7, and we can assure you they will escape if they need more fresh water, food or extra space. An ant escape prevention liquid is a must!

The thief ants, one of the smallest ants on the planet, bravely infiltrate the nests of other ant species. They then stealthily find their way to the food storage areas. But wait, it gets even more exciting! The thief ants don't just stop at stealing food. They're after a bigger bounty. They're also known to kidnap the larvae of other ants, mostly Lasius species! Once back in their nests, these stolen larvae are then raised to become workers for the thief ants. Talk about being resourceful!

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