About Crematogaster scutellaris


European Species

Temperature: Nest 21- 25°C Outworld 20- 28°C

Humidity: Nest 50- 60% Outworld 30- 50%

Hibernation: Yes from the end of November to the end of February at 15°C 

Diet: Water (at all times). Carbohydrates like honey water/ sugar water or other. Protein like fresh-killed insects or other.

Colony form: Monogyne (one queen per colony) Average 10,000 workers per colony.

Founding Queen: Claustral (without feeding)

Nest type: Acrylic, Y tong, Natural setup.

Sizes: Queen- 7-  9mm/ Worker- 3- 4mm

Bite/ Sting/ Formic acid: Yes, they spray formic acid but not to attack.


Description: Crematogaster scutellaris are an invasive ant and can be known as a pest in some areas around the warmer parts of Europe. These ants are personally one of my favourite species with a beautifully shaped gaster and a very fast growth rate. They have the ability to raise their gaster above their body and its great to see. They also raise their gaster and squirt a drop of formic acid to warn other ants of danger. They do not use this to take down prey but more of a defence mechanism.

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Crematogaster scutellaris

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