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Colony size: Queen +/- 10 workers
Housing: Glass Test Tube
Latin name: Myrmicaria natalensis
Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribes: Solenopsidini
Breeding level: Intermediate
Geographical distribution: Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia
Habitat: Moist forest
Colony form: Monogyne
Queen: Size: 12 - 13mm Color: Head and red chest, black gastre
Worker: Size: 5 - 8mm Color: Head and thorax red, black gastre
Male: Size: 8mm Color: Black
Food: Mainly insectivorous, such as mealworms, flies, mosquitoes, crickets and honeydew.
Humidity: Hunting area: 50 - 50% Nest: 70 - 80%
Temperature: Hunting area: 21 - 28 ° C Nest: 22 - 26 ° C
Hibernation: Winter break from November to early March at room temperature.
Nest type: Plexiglas nest, nest with tubes, reconstituted stone nest.
Description: The peculiarity of this species when it feels threatened raises the abdomen upwards and releases a secretion of defense.
Development: Swarming from late November to December.
Foundation: Set in a cloister (without food) Development: 45 days from egg to worker (depending on temperature)
Size of the colony: Several thousand individuals, the queen can reach the age of 15 years.
|Dimensions||15 × 1.5 × 1.8 cm|
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Ants South Africa
If you live in the Durban area, you may collect.
Address: 55 Dunville Road, Grosvenor, Bluff, Durban, South Africa, 4052