This ant comes from Asia, recommended for beginners and easy to keep. Hibernating is not required. They are commonly kept in formicarium, because they multiply very quickly in warm environments with sufficient food. Within a year, they can reach a colony size of up to 1000 worker and probably need larger enclosure. It is an ideal species for populating large terrariums very quickly! Both the queen and the workers have a reddish-brown head and thorax, with a golden-yellow pattern on the front part of their abdomen. The pattern on the workers can be different from one another. It is a polygynous species, but number of the a colony grows rapidly even with just one queen. It is a claustral and polymorphic ant species, they have three worker casts (minor, media, major). The workers are robust, strong, and tough. In addition to powerful jaws, they defend themselves with acid spraying. They become more active and develop faster in warmer conditions. They establish colonies consisting of thousands of individuals. The queen’s expected lifespan can reach up to 20-25 years.
Feeding: Honey and insects.
Colony size: This colony reproduces rapidly from the beginning, ideally raising 5-15 workers in the first months. Within a year, the colony can reach a population of 1000 workers. The colony is a bit shy in the begining, but as their numbers grow, they become brave and aggressively guard their territory.
Hibernation: This tropical ant species does not require hibernation. However, during the winter period, mainly from November to February, room temperature should be provided in order to avoid that the queen reproduces too fast.