About Ectomomyrmex astutus

 

Asian Species- Ponerinae


Temperature: Nest 24- 28°C Outworld 21- 30°C


Humidity: Nest 60- 80% Outworld 50- 70%


Hibernation: None


Diet: Water (at all times). Carbohydrates- like honey water/ sugar water or other. Protein- like fresh-killed insects or other. Love hunting small live insects like Fruit Flies.


Colony form: Monogyne/ One Queen per colony- Average 500 workers per colony.


Founding Queen: Semi-Claustral (with feeding)-  I recommend giving the queen a small outworld to forage and feed while founding.


Nest type: Acrylic, Y tong, Natural setup. I recommend giving the queen a small outworld to forage and feed while founding. Cannot walk up smooth surfaces well. A loose sandy substrate is needed for the larvae to form into cocoons.

 

Sizes: Queen- 13 mm/ Worker- 8- 12mm


Bite/ Sting/ Formic acid: Yes, They have a painful sting that can be compared to a wasp sting.

 

Description: Ectomomyrmex astutus are an aggressive species of ant and use their painful sting to take down prey. They're usually found nesting in tropical rainforests and normally stay close to the ground due to not being too good at climbing. This means they can be kept in a formicarium that has smooth walls without a lid. They typically hunt and forage individually and bring their findings back to the nest to feed the brood and others. The larvae need a loose sandy substrate to spin and form cocoons so I recommend lining their nest/ test tube with some. Great hunters!


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