Oecophylla Smaragdina Queen Ant Live Queen Ant Best Ants UK (see available options)
Guarantee: Queen guaranteed to be alive on arrival.
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Shipping Restrictions: We do not ship live specimens outside of the UK.
These ants are not native to the UK and are therefore illegal to release into the wild.
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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|Latin Name:||Oecophylla Smaragdina|
|Trivialname:||Red Tree Ant, Weaverant|
|Taxonomy:||Subfamily: Formicinae Tribe: Oecophyllini|
|Keeping Level:||(2) higher requirements towards climate and escape prevention|
|Queen:||Size: 15 - 17mm Colour: vigorous, often green, brown|
|Worker:||Size: 6 - 14mm Colour: reddish-brown to brown, slim with long extremities|
|Males:||Size: - Colour: -|
|Nutrition||Honey, Insects e.g. Dipterans like Flies or Mosquitos|
|Airhumidity:||Arena: 30 - 50% Nestpart: 50 - 70%|
|Temperature:||Arena: 21 - 35°C Nestpart: 24 - 28°C|
|Nestform:||Build their nest in the canopy of trees using the silk of their offspring|
|Kind of Formicaria:||Basin, Framebasin, Island, Acrylcylinder|
|Formicaria size:||Size: L - XL depending on the chosen hostplant|
|Substrate:||Farm: - Arena: Sand, Sand-Loam suitable for Hostplant|
similar to tropical forest with moss and e. g. Money tree (Pachira Aquatica),
Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamin), Coffee (Coffea arabica), Citrusplant (Citrus)
This species lives in the canopy of different Plants.
There they build nests with the silk of the larvae.
The worker often builds long chains between
the leaves and "weave" with the silk.
Through the Transpiration of the leaves, there is always
the right conditions inside the nest.
Oecophylla is very aggressive and defends its territory against any Intruder.
In Asia, they were used as biological agents for hundreds of years.
They are searching for on the tree and on the ground.
It contains pheromones, tactile and optical communication.
If there a lack of food or other unsuitable conditions they often try to escape.
Large colonies with there hundreds of bites and frmic acid can also defend large Intruders( Keeper).
|Development:||matingflight: with begin of the rainseason |
founding: claustral (without feeding)
colonysize: up to 100 000 Individuals
|Quantity:||one fertilized queen with workers (see selection); brood (depending on the season and development)|