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Latin name: Messor capitatus
Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribes: Pheidolini
Breeding level: Beginner
Geographical distribution: Southern Europe
Habitat: mountain landscapes, but also in urban areas of parks or at the edge of isolated areas
Colony form: Monogyne
Queen: Size: 14 - 15mm Color: Shiny black
Workers: Size: 7 - 9mm Color: Shiny black
Major: Size 10 - 14mm with super major with huge head Color: Shiny black
Male: Size: 9mm 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 12 and 15 ° C
Nest type: Plexiglas nest, nest with tubes, reconstituted stone nest.
Description: Messor capitatus 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, an ideal species for beginners because very strong who forgives the errors of breeding.
Development: Swarming from mid-September to the end of October.
Foundation: Set in a cloister (without food) Development: 45 days from egg to worker (depending on temperature)
Size of the colony: Up to 50,000 individuals, the queen can reach the age of 25 years.
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