Nests big ants
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Latin name: Meranoplus bicolor
Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribes: Meranoplini
Breeding level: Intermediate
Geographical distribution: Southeast Asia
Habitat: Semi-dry to wet forest areas
Colony form: Monogyne
Queen: Size: 8 - 9mm Color: Black brown head and gastre, brown chest
Workers: Size: 3 - 5mm Color: Black brown head and gastre, brown chest
Male: Size: 5mm Color: Black
Food: Honeydew and insects like mealworms, fly, mosquito, cricket etc ...
Humidity: Hunting area: 30 - 50% Nest: 50 - 70%
Temperature: Hunting area: 25 - 30 ° C Nest: 23 - 28 ° C
Hibernation: Yes, from mid-November to early March between 12 and 15 ° C
Nest type: Plexiglas nest, nest with tubes, reconstituted stone nest.
Description: This species with many peculiarities really nice to observe:
- To be one of the most hairy species in the world.
- To curl up like a hedgehog in the face of danger, just tap a little to get into a ball.
- They are also very slow in their movements, because they are confident of their method of defense.
A species that is out of the ordinary and forming small colonies rarely exceeding 500 to 1000 workers.
Development: Swarming from June to July.
Foundation: Claustral (without food) Development: 35 days from egg to worker (depending on temperature)
Size of the colony: From 500 to 1000 individuals, the queen can reach the age of 15 years.
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