About Messor aciculatus
Asian Species- Harvester Ant
Temperature: Nest 23- 27°C Outworld 20- 28°C
Humidity: Nest 50- 70% 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. Seeds are 70% of their diet, like flaxseed, grass seed, rapeseed, chia seed and so on.
Colony form: Pologyne (Multiple Queens per colony) Average 10,000 workers per single queen colony.
Founding Queen: Claustral (without feeding)
Nest type: Acrylic, Natural setup.
Sizes: Queen- 10mm/ Worker- 4- 5m
Bite/ Sting/ Formic acid: No
Description: Messor aciculatus is known as the Harvester Ant due to the way they collect seeds and store them in the nest. They do this to chew up the seeds and make 'ant bread' which is 70% of their diet. They are really sensitive to light and vibrations but once the colony gets going, they can reach impressive numbers. A heat and moisture gradient is important for Messor species as they store their seeds in the drier parts. One of the only Messor species who can have multiple queen colonies!
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