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Latin name: Pheidole pallidula
Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribes: Pheidolini
Breeding level: Beginner
Geographical distribution: Southern Europe, North Africa.
Habitat: Sands and steppes.
Colony form: Monogyne
Queen: Size: 7 - 8mm Color: Sand to reddish brown
Workers: Size: 2 - 4mm Color: Sand to reddish brown
Soldier: 6mm Color: Sand to reddish brown
Male: Size: 3 - 5mm Color: Black
Food: Mainly insectivorous, such as mealworms, flies, mosquitoes, crickets, etc. Honeydew and some seeds from time to time.
Humidity: Hunting area: 30 - 50% Nest: 50 - 70%
Temperature: Hunting area: 25 - 30 ° C Nest: 22 - 28 ° C
Hibernation: Yes, from late November to early March between 12 and 15 ° C
Nest type: Plexiglas nest, nest with tubes, reconstituted stone nest.
Description: Pheidole pallidula is the most aggressive species in Europe, they attack all other insects around the colony and fight other colonies around the idea of their big soldiers, the life expectancy of workers Only a few months, it is therefore very good to feed them with insects to have a large brood to replace natural deaths. They are deemed to be the queens of escape, a totally closed hunting area is mandatory.
Development: Swarming from late May to August.
Foundation: Set in a cloister (without food) Development: 30 days from egg to worker (depending on temperature)
Size of the colony: Up to 10,000 individuals, the queen can reach the age of 12 years.
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