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Messor angularis (harvester ant)

: 12 mm (monogyn)
🐜: 4 – 8 mm (polymorf)
🍽️: seeds+ insects
💧: 50 – 60%
🌡️: 21 – 28°C
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Messor angularis (harvester ant)

Description

This claustral, monogynous (single-queen) ant species comes from Africa . Their heads are red, while their thoraxes and abdomens are black. They are found in semi-desert areas. They dig their nests into the soil, create several larger chambers for themselves. They prefer warm, sunny environment.

They are seed collectors like other messor species, they store various seeds in their tunnels, and utilize them later. This ants tolerate drought well, keep their enviroment clean, that makes them an ideal species for any type of formicariums.  They can be kept in dry conditions with some watering spots to prevent the growth of mites.  Messors accumulate waste, usually in the warmest and driest corner of the enclosure. This species is polymorphic, have three different-sized worker castes (minor, media, major). Major workers are strong and resilient, can move harder seeds, and hunt for prey.  Minor workers are smaller, they support the growth of brood and do other tasks around the nest. Their stingers are undeveloped and harmless to humans, they usually neutralize their prey with their strong mandibles. They are not particularly aggressive, but highly territorial, do not tolerate any other insects in their territory.

Food: Seeds (seed mix + oily seeds: walnut or peanut) and insects.

Reproduction: They reproduce rapidly in warmer conditions. In the first year, they raise 40-70 workers, and by the second year, they can reach several hundred workers. A mature colony consist of several thousand workers. The offspring develop without pupa, so the pupal form is white and ant-shaped.

Hibernation: Tropical species, no hibernation is required.

Additional information

Weight 0.025 kg
Dimensions 16 × 1.6 × 1.6 cm
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3 reviews for Messor angularis (harvester ant)

  1. N.Mátyás G. (verified owner)

    Ezzel a hangyával meg vagyok elégedve.Nagy méretű, nekem úgy érkezett,hogy jobb csáp nélkül de ez nem baj legalább élve. Én 1-5 dolgozóval rendeltem de egyet se kaptam legalább 5-15 fiasítással jött és egy lárva van.

  2. N.Mátyás G.

    Meghalt! 5 hónapja rendeltük 🙁

  3. Peti (verified owner)

    Nagyon egyszerűen tartahtó faj. Én nekem soha nem volt bajom vele viszont nem nagyon szereti ha sokat van nézegetve télen is szaporodik amit nagyon szeretek benne én meg vagyok vele elégedve!

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