|Latin Name:||Manica rubida|
|Taxonomy:||Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribe: Myrmicini|
|Keeping Level:||(2) react sensitive on moisture, they have a potent sting|
|Distribiution:||Central- and Southeurope mainly between 500 and 2000m|
|Habitate:||prefers sandy soil in riverbeds or gravelpits, moderate thermophil|
|Colonyform:||older colonies become polygyn (secondary polygyny)|
|Queen:||Size: 9,5 – 13mm Colour: reddish brown, shiny|
|Worker:||Size: 6 – 9mm Colour: reddish – redbrown|
|Males:||Size: 8 – 12 mm Colour: shiny black , slim|
|Nutrion:||Honeywater and insects e.g. Dipterans like Flies or Mosqitos|
|Airhumidity:||Arena: 30 – 50% Nestpart: 50 – 70%|
|Temperature:||Arena: 18 – 28°C Nestpart: 21 – 24°C|
|Hibernation:||yes, from end of October until end of March at 5 – 8°C|
|Nestform:||Build their nest under wood with greater underground areas|
|Kind of Formicaria:||Farm, Combi, Island, Ytong/Plaster, Cork, Digfix|
|Formicaria size:||Size: M|
|Substrate:||Farm: Sand-Loam Arena: Sand, Sand-Loam|
|Planting:||similar to Forest- and Mountainsarea with moss, grass and other plants|
|Decoration:||Branches, Roots, Treeneedels|
|Description:||Active Hunters which can also kill bigger insects, by stinging. Not very aggressive but will attack and are hard to be taken over by other ants.|
|Development:||matingflight: on warm mid- days from the end of april to the end of june
founding: semiclaustral (queen collects food)
from Egg to adult worker approx. 8 – 12 Weeks (depending on temperature).
colonysize: a few 1000 indivudals
|Quantity:||one fertilized queen with workers (see selection); brood (depending on the season and development)|
|Dimensions||16,00 × 1,60 × 1,60 cm|
Where to buy ants
Here you can find helpful information on where to buy your queen ant or ant colony, if not available in our store.
Antstore Worls of Ants
Our website “Antstore” offers a wide range of different ant species. Please consider that your ants are being shipped from Germany, so long delivery times and a delivery stop during winter, due to low temperatures and hibernation, could affect your order.
This is a german website where you can compare prices and find ant species globally. The best way to order ants is always a local shop in your country.
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