About Crematogaster scutellaris
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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