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Dolichoderus quadripunctatus (four dots ant)

Four dots ant

: 5 mm (monogyn)🐜: 4 mm
🍽️: honey + insects
💧: 50 – 60%
🌡️: 21 – 24°C
❄️: November – March (5 – 8 °C)

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Dolichoderus quadripunctatus (four dots ant)

Description

Dolichoderus quadripunctatus, also known as the “spotted ant”, because of the golden spots on its abdomen. Their heads are black, their thorax is red, and both the workers and the queen have the same pattern. Besides their strong mandibles, they defend themselves with formic acid. This species is claustral and monogynous (single-queen). It is very difficult to start a colony from a queen only, so this is recommended only for more experienced keepers. However, with a small team of 10-30 workers can be handled easier for beginners. They grow explosively, so it is important to provide them enough place and food. They prefer narrow nests. They live on trees, carving their nests into the branches. Their colonies consist of several thousand workers, dominating large areas.
More information about the species: http://www.hangyamania.hu/2018/05/dolichoderus-quadripunctatus-foltos.html
Feeding: With honey and insects.
Reproduction: In the first year, they raise a maximum of 10-15 workers, but from the second year, they can reach 75-100 workers. A mature colony consists of several thousand workers.
Hibernation: At 5-8°C, from the end of November to the end of March.

 

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