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You will receive Myrmica Rubra Queen Ant with workers Live Queen Ant (depending on your selection) inside a test tube with food and water


Guarantee: Queen is guaranteed to be alive on arrival.

Latin Name: Myrmica Rubra
Trivial name: European Fireant
Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribe: Myrmicini
Keeping Level: (1) easy to keep, they have a potent sting like a stinging - nettle

Great Britain to Central Asia, since the 18th century

also in North America


prefers moist places like grassland or open forest, avoids

open spaces without vegetation

Colony form: polygyn
Queen: Size: 5 - 7,5mm Colour: crimson (dark red)

Size: 4 - 6mm Colour: crimson (dark red) till brown-orange,

Gaster shiny

Soldier: not present
Males: Size: 4 - 5 mm Colour: black, slim
Nutrition: Honey and insects e.g. Dipterans like Flies or Mosquitos
Air humidity: Arena: 30 - 50% Nestpart: 50 - 70%
Temperature: Arena: 18 - 28°C Nestpart: 21 - 24°C
Hibernation: yes, from the end of October until the end of March at 5 - 8°C 
Nest form: Nests in soil, in rotten wood and under stones
Kind of Formicaria: Plaster Farm, Pla with sand or plaster bed
Formicaria size: Size:  S - M
Substrate: Farm: Sand-Loam Arena: Sand, Sand-loam, wood
Planting: similar to Forestareas with moss, grass and other plants
Decoration: Branches, Roots, Treeneedels

The colony is tough, well-fortified, active and

a bit aggressive, low-maintenance ants. They can prick you

when they felt under pressure (similar to stinging-nettle).

Prefer highly moistened nests.


mating flight: on warm days from august to September
founding:  semi claustral (queen collects food)
from egg to adult worker approx. 6 weeks (depending

on temperature).
colony size: up to 20 000 individuals

Quantity: one fertilized queen with workers (see selection); brood (depending on the season and development)


Shipping Restrictions: We do not ship live specimens outside of the UK.


Any questions, please let us know.


Thank you

Myrmica Rubra

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