*Please note that these colonies have been collected from the wild as established colonies. They were all in mouldy acorns on the floor that would otherwise die from rainfall or being stepped on. Due to the nature of these ants, some colonies will arrive in acorns that are inside test tubes.*


About Temnothorax nylanderi


European Species- Acorn Ants

Temperature: Nest 20- 25°C Outworld 18- 28°C

Humidity: Nest 50- 60% Outworld 30- 50%

Hibernation: Yes from the end of October to the end of March at 5- 8°C

Diet: Water (at all times). Carbohydrates like honey water/ sugar water or other. Protein like fresh-killed insects or other.

Colony form: Mainly Monogyne (one queen per colony) but can rarely found with two Queens. Average of 300 workers per colony.

Founding Queen: Claustral (without feeding)

Nest type: Empty acorns in an Outword or in a Natural setup. AntBoyUK Specialised Temnothorax nest. It's important to note that these ants love small tight spaces which is where they get their name from. The whole colony can squeeze into a single acorn.

Sizes: Queen- 3- 5mm- 4mm/ Worker- 2- 3.5mm

Bite/ Sting/ Formic acid: No


Description: Temnothorax nylanderi are known as acorn ants. Like the nickname suggests, these ants live in acorns and due to their small size, can fit a whole colony inside of one. They're very passive ants, avoiding conflict when possible. This combined with the size makes them ideal to be co-house with other larger Ant species as long as you provide them with a little corner with tight spaces as their retreat/ safe area that the other ants cannot access. They are a very cool species with unusual traits and take on protein and sugar very sparingly. These species are escape artists and will nest in very unusual places so extra escape prevention will be necessary.


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Temnothorax nylanderi (Acorn Ants)

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