Aphaenogaster subterranea

Aphaenogaster subterranea
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Aphaenogaster subterranea
Reference : AFOUR-025
Latin name: Aphaenogaster subterranea

Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribes: Pheidolini

Breeding level: Intermediate

Geographical distribution: Southern Europe, Caucasus, Asia Minor

Habitat: Highly leafy forests and highly thermophilic forests

Colony form: Monogyne

Queen: Size: 7 - 8mm Color: Red yellow to amber

Workers: Size: 3 - 5mm Color: Bright red brown

Major: No

Male: Size: 4mm Color: Bright yellow brown

Food: Mainly insectivorous like mealworms, flies, mosquitoes, crickets, etc. Also honeydew for quick energy.

Humidity: Hunting area: 30 - 50% Nest: 50 - 70%

Temperature: Hunting area: 18 - 28 ° C Nest: 21 - 25 ° C

Hibernation: Yes, from mid-November to early March between 12 and 15 ° C

Nest type: Nest with tubes, reconstituted stone nest.

Description: Aphaenogaster subterranea is an uncommon species in breeding that forms small colonies.

Development: Swarming July and August.

Foundation: Set in a cloister (without food) Development: 45 days from egg to worker (depending on temperature)

Size of the colony: Up to 1000 individuals, the queen can reach the age of 12 years.
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Plate 14mm
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