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Messor structor

Messor structor
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Messor structor
Reference : MFOUR-040
Latin name: Messor structor

Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribes: Pheidolini

Breeding level: Beginner

Geographical distribution: Southern Europe, North Africa, Asia

Habitat: Sands and steppes

Colony shape: Polygynes

Queen: Size: 10 - 11mm Color: Dark brown to black

Workers: Size: 4 - 8mm Color: Dark brown to black

Major: Size 9 - 11mm Color: Dark brown to black

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 12 and 15 ° C

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

Description: Messor structor 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. This species has the particularity of being extremely polygynous and having majors that can be bigger than the queen.

Development: April and May swarming

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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