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Messor Barbarus

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Messor Barbarus commonly known as The Harvester Ant.

Messor are a really intresting slightly larger species with major workers and some cool other traits. They mainly eat seed but do require a top up of protein via insects. Queens are light sensitive so total darkness is required. Red does not work for Messor Barbarus from my own personal experience.

 

Humidity requirements: 50 – 60% •

Temperature requirements: 18 – 26 °C

Hibernation: November-February at 15°C

Suggested housing: Acrylic, soil.

Nutrition: They mainly eat seeds which they grind down to make ant bread. Sugars from honey or sugar water. Protein from insect sources such as Waxworms, Mealworms or Dubia Roaches.

Colony size: 1-10,000 when mature

Queen size: 14–18 mm • Worker size: 3–9 mm • Major size: 9–14 mm

Monogyne/polygyne: Monogyne (One Queen per colony)

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Messor angularis

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Messor angularis commonly known as The Kenyan Harvester Ant.

Much less common than other Messor sp, mainly due to their drier conditions needed.

This species comes Bicolored as standard much like some Messor barbarus.

Like all Harvester Ants, They require a constant source of seeds, other foods can be given on rare occasion, with the bulk of their diet being "Ant Bread" made from crushing seeds.

Humidity requirements: 50 – 60% 

Temperature requirements: 24 – 30 °C

Hibernation: None

Nutrition: They mainly eat seeds which they grind down to make ant bread. Sugars from honey or sugar water. Protein from insect sources such as Waxworms, Mealworms or Dubia Roaches.

Queen size: 11–12 mm • Worker size: 5–9 mm • Major size: 9–14 mm

Monogyne/polygyne: Monogyne (One Queen per colony)

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