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Acromyrmex octospinosus 100-200, only to be collected in Apeldoorn
Acromyrmex octospinosus 100-200

Acromyrmex octospinosus 100-200, only to be collected in Apeldoorn


Leaf-cutter ants, starting colonies of Acromyrmex octospinosus with 100-200 worker ants, only to be collected in our showroom in Apeldoorn.

Acromyrmex octospinosus 100-200 workers


The leaf-cutter ant, Acromyrmex octospinosus 100-200, also called parasol ant from South America. This species is best known worldwide because of the fungus that they grow and the large quantities of leaves that they need.

Because of this unique trait, they are extremely suitable for (large) zoos, specific museums and pet shops.

These colonies are also easy to keep for hobbyists, since they grow to be several thousand specimens (in contrast to Atta colonies that can handle huge numbers (up to hundreds of thousands) of ants).


This species lives on a fungus. The ants use various leaves to make this fungus. The colonies can only be picked up in our showroom, we also provide advice on nutrition.

Suitable for

The ant colony is only suitable if you have knowledge and experience with keeping ants. We expect to be able to offer an Ant Farm especially for this species in the beginning of 2020

Pick up only

Because this is a difficult, specific species, sensitive to temperature / moisture, we do not send it by post. In addition, we are happy to give brief advice when purchasing such a colony.

Specifications and information

Scientific name: Acromyrmex octospinosus 100-200
Common name: Leafcutter ants, parasolants
Dificulty classe: 3. professional
Queen | Gyne: 13 mm
Workers: 5-12 mm
The larger the colony, the larger the ants that are added
Mediors and Majors (soldiers).
Type colony: Monogyn
Type nest:

Relatively small nests built from fungus, a fungus
which the ants breed themselves.

Temperature: Specific: 23-28 degrees C
Hibernation: No
Nutrition: Various types of leaves. We offer personal advice when purchasing a colony.
Humidity: Specific: 95-99%
Distribution area: (Zuid) Amerika
Advice Ant's Kingdom: Specific, own arrangement, ant farm available beginning of 2020
Comments A very special species that you can encounter everywhere in zoos and museums. Many hobbyists are fascinated by ants because they have seen this species in a zoo. As did the founder of Ant's Kingdom, Jan-Peter Oudenampsen. How special is it that we can now also breed these ants ourselves and can offer them for hobby purposes at home or in a zoo, pet store or museum.
Customer Questions
Can the fungus receive direct exposure to light and water?

It is best to have a sheltered environment for the fungus.

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