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Latin name: Messor wasmanni
Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribes: Pheidolini
Breeding level: Beginner
Geographical distribution: Southern European species
Habitat: Dry grasslands
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: 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: September and October swarming
Foundation: Set in a cloister (without food) Development: 45 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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