About Rhytidoponera metallica
Australian Species- Green-Headed Ant
Temperature: Nest 24- 28°C Outworld 18- 30°C
Humidity: Nest 50- 80% Outworld 40- 70%
Hibernation: No, not needed but will slow down during the Australian winter times.
Diet: Water (at all times). Carbohydrates like honey water/ sugar water or other. Protein like fresh-killed insects or other. Will also take seeds and even eat springtails,
Colony form: Monogyne/ Polygyne (one or multiple queens per colony) Average a few hundred workers per single queen colony.
Founding Queen: Semi-Claustral (with feeding)
Nest type: ytong, Natural setup. Cannot walk on smooth surfaces so will need a good grip.
Sizes: Queen- 8mm/ Worker- 5mm
Bite/ Sting/ Formic acid: Have a nasty sting, Handle with care.
Description: The famous Green-Headed Ant! Rhytidponera metallica is a gorgeous multi-coloured small species from Australia. They cannot walk on smooth surfaces, therefore are easy to contain and you can even have them in an open-lid setup. A very rewarding species to watch flourish. When housed in a test tube, I would recommend adding some substrate like sand to allow the colony more grip and the larvae can use it to spin cocoons. Often communicate with each other by rubbing body parts and creating very quiet sounds we cannot hear.
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Rhytidoponera metallica (Green-Headed Ant)
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