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Latin name: Messor ebeninus
Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribes: Pheidolini
Breeding level: Beginner
Geographic distribution: Middle East (eg Israel, Syria, Lebanon)
Habitat: Sands and steppes
Colony form: Monogyne
Queen: Size: 11 - 12mm Color: Shiny black
Workers: Size: 4 - 8mm Color: Shiny black
Major: Size 9 - 11mm Color: Shiny Black
Male: Size: 6mm 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: From early November to early March at 15 ° C
Nest type: Plexiglas nest, nest with tubes, reconstituted stone nest.
Description: Messor ebeninus is a predominantly granivorous species that is one of the most prolific of its kind, an occasional insect infestation to boost the brood, a trough is mandatory for the creation of ant bread.
Development: Swarming from late November to December.
Foundation: Claustral (without food) Development: 35 days from egg to worker (depending on temperature)
Size of the colony: Several tens of thousands of individuals, the queen can reach the age of 25 years.
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