About Messor aegyptiacus
African Species- Harvester Ant
Temperature: Nest 24- 27°C Outworld 20- 30°C
Humidity: Nest 50- 70% Outworld 30- 50%
Diet: Water (at all times). Carbohydrates like honey water/ sugar water or other rarely. Protein like fresh-killed insects or other. Seeds are 90% of their diet, like flaxseed, grass seed, rapeseed, chia seed, and so on.
Colony form: Monogyne (one queen per colony) Average 10,000 workers per colony.
Founding Queen: Claustral (without feeding)
Nest type: Acrylic, 3D Printed, Natural setup.
Sizes: Queen 12- 14mm/ Workers 4- 8mm/ Majors 8-10mm
Bite/ Sting/ Formic acid: Majors may nip.
Description: Messor aegyptiacus are known as Harvester ants due to the way they collect and store seeds. The majors use their large mandibles to chew these seeds up and create 'Ant Bread'. Founding colonies will benefit from pre-crushed seeds so the younger workers can access the insides easier with their weaker mandibles. These ants will also happily enjoy extra protein from freshly killed insects. Carbohydrates can be offered sparingly. These ants are found in parts of Africa and the Middle east. They have a stunning red head/ thorax with black patches. They grow very fast and show lots of activity both inside the nest and out. The workers they produce have a red body and black gaster.
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