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Messor arenarius

Messor arenarius
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Messor arenarius
Reference : MFOUR-002
Latin name: Messor arenarius (second largest species of Messor in the world)

Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribes: Pheidolini

Breeding level: Beginner

Geographical distribution: Egypt, Tunisia, Israel, southern Algeria

Habitat: Sands and steppes

Colony form: Monogyne

Queen: Size: 18 - 20mm Color: Black Mast

Workers: Size: 4 - 13mm Color: Black Mast

Major: Size 14 - 18mm Color: Black Mast

Male: Size: 7mm Color: Black

Food: Mainly granivorous that eat various seeds, but also many small insects such as mealworms, flies, mosquitoes, crickets, a water trough is mandatory for the creation of ant bread.

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 15 and 18 ° C

Nest type: Plexiglas nest, nest with tubes, reconstituted stone nest.

Description: Messor arenarius is a mainly granivorous species, very interesting to observe with the manufacture of ant bread to feed the brood, 3 different minor castes, media and major with each of the different roles, but also very good hunters once the colony becomes populous, a species that will delight fans of the genre Messor with its impressive size. It is an extremely rare species in breeding that deserves to be known.

Development: Swarming from November to December.

Foundation: Set in a cloister (without food) Development: 50 days from egg to worker (depending on temperature)

Size of the colony: Several thousand individuals, the queen can reach the age of 25 years.

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Book of Messor barbarus
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