Messor orientalis (harvester ant)

Monogyne, polymorph species with minor, media and major workers. Winter hibernation don't need them. They eats seed-mix and insects. They really like oiled seeds like hazel-nut, walnut and sunflower. The colony reach the 50-75 workers at the first year, and a few hundred on the second year. For the third year the colony number can be few thousand. They need middle-humid nest. Very clean ant species which can work well also in warmer temperature. This species recommend for beginners.

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Keeping level

easy

Élőhely

Asian species

Colonyform

Monogyne

Colony size

thousands

Worker castes

3 castes

Worker size

5-8mm, 9-16mm

Feeding

seeds + insects

Humidity

middle

Hibernate

no

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