Messor Aciculatus Harvester Young Queen Ant with workers and brood (see available options)


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Latin Name:   Messor Aciculatus
Trivial name:   Asian / Russian Harvester Ant
Taxonomy:   Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Keeping Level:   (1) Species from Asia with higher requirements to escape prevention
Distribution:   China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Russia
Habitat:   Sand and shrub areas, open grassland
Colony form:   Monogyne/Polygyne (Can be multiple Queen per colony)
Queen:   Size: 10mm Colour: shiny black
Worker:   Size: 4 - 5mm Colour: shiny black
Soldier:   not present
Males:   Size: 4 - 10mm Colour: shiny black
Nutrition   Mostly seeds from different rampant plants (also grass) but insects as well
Air humidity:   Arena: 30 - 50% Nest: 50 - 60%
Temperature:   Arena: 20 - 28°C Nest: 22 - 26°C
Hibernation:   Yes, November to February at 13-15 °C
Nest form:   Build their nest in soil and under stones, nest depth can be up to 4 m
Kind of Formicaria:  

Plaster nest, PLA with sand or plaster bedding, Ytong, Soil

Formicaria size:   Size: M
Substrate:   Farm: Sand-Loam Arena: Sand, Sand-Loam
Planting:   similar to savanna areas with grass and other plants
Decoration:   Branches, roots, tree needles, pebbles, moss etc.

This species is a highly granivorous ant that collects all kinds of small

seeds and chews them into so-called ant bread.

Most of their water requirements are covered through seeds

and insects. 

Honey water is only accepted when there is a lack of moisture.

Messor Aciculatus tends to drown in open water so it is necessary to cover water places

with little stones or cotton.

Development:   mating flight: April to May
founding:  claustral (without feeding) colony age up to 20 years
colony size: up to 10.000 individuals

1-3 fertilized queen with workers (see available options)



Please contact us if you no longer wish to keep them and we will email you a prepaid postage label so you can send them back to us.


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Messor Aciculatus Harvester Queen Ant

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