|Food:||Insects and honey water, although seeds from various plants found in the wild constitute their main food source.|
|Hibernation:||Yes, from late November to late February at 10-14°C|
|Nest-building:||Soil nests, often under stones and in sand|
|Formicariums:||Tank, farm tank|
|Formicarium size:||min. 30x20cm (adjust to colony size)|
|Particularities:||These ants masticate seeds to produce what is known as ‘ant bread’ in large chewing groups. This ant bread serves mainly as a food source. Very easy species to keep and very popular with beginners.|
Information from World of Ants
10th March 2011
My two new queens had arrived from Germany in their two test tubes with the normal water reservoir at one end. One queen had a small clutch of eggs but the other had none. It could be that she had eaten them in transit due to stress, or she may not have already laid any at all. I’m keeping them in a small card box box in semi dark, The two tubes are laying on a piece of polystyrene with a groove scoured out so the tube will rest in it without rolling about. The box is sat on some bubble rap and a piece of plywood with a small heat mat underneath it all. The temp is about 25 – 28c but i must get a stat connected for safety’s sake.
The biggest problem at this stage is not to disturb them as this could cause failure in the new colony, even small vibrations will cause the queen to panic.