About Messor barbarus
European Species- Harvester Ant
Temperature: Nest 22- 26°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 AVG 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: Monogyne (one queen per colony) Average 7,000 workers per colony.
Founding Queen: Claustral (without feeding)
Nest type: Acrylic, Natural setup.
Sizes: Queen- 14- 17mm/ Worker- 3- 9m/ Majors 9mm- 14mm
Bite/ Sting/ Formic acid: Majors can bite.
Description: Messor barbarus 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 barbarus as they store their seeds in the drier parts.
Check out The Colonialist's in-depth care guide on this species: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHA2lUb_5tc&t=23s
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