About Messor wasmanni
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 rarely. Protein like fresh-killed insects or other rarely. Seeds are 90% 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- 12- 14mm/ Worker- 4- 10m
Bite/ Sting/ Formic acid: N/A
Description: Messor wasmanni 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 90% 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 wasmanni as they store their seeds in the drier parts. These queens were collected from Greece during a nuptial flight and after being hibernated, they have begun laying fresh batches of eggs and are ready to be adopted to a new home.
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