Colony of MESSOR BARBARUS (Linné, 1767)

1 queen Spinning 2016 (Warning last colonies before esseimage 2017)

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1 queen and between 0 to 25 workers + eggs, larvae and nymphs.
Easy breeding.
Queen's date of birth: October 2016
Longevity of the queen 20 years approx.
Longevity of workers up to 3 years.
Size of the queen: 16 mm / Size of the workers from 3.5 to 14 mm.
Monogynous species (one queen per colony).

Mainly granivorous but also enjoying other foods like insects, this species is one of the easiest to feed in captivity.
The colonies offer a variety of sizes and colors, ranging from 3.5 mm to almost 14 mm with enormous red heads, intermediate colors and sizes.


Easy to breed: One of the easiest species to breed in captivity, it adapts to almost any conditions.

General informations :
Queen size: approximately 16mm.
Size of the worker: from 3.5 to 14mm
Presence of majors or soldiers with significant variations in size and appearance (size and color of heads)
Absence of sting (does not sting)
Monogyne (1 queen per colony)
Longevity: Up to 30 years for queens and up to 2 years for female workers.
Color of individuals: black with head more or less orange for the queens and the workers
Maximum population in captivity: about 80 000 individuals (limits its population according to the available space)

Conditions of rearing:
Temperatures: 25 to 30 ° C. For young colonies it is advisable in the first year to keep them at temperatures between 27 and 30 ° C
A winter break of 8 weeks is possible at 15 ° C but is not mandatory.
Humidity: appreciates a humidity (humidity in the air of the nest) between 65 and 90%. All the nests proposed on have been elaborated to have an environment with variable hygrometry, they are therefore adapted for this species.

Food :
With a dominant granivore, this species will appreciate especially the seeds, some small insects are also appreciated.
Many insects are parasitized. To avoid infecting your colony with them, it is advisable to place them in the freezer 48 to 72 hours before offering them. Live prey sold and specially designed for ants do not need freezing and can be distributed live.
To be sure to avoid any deficiency, a varied diet is essential.

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