The Myrmica rubra is also called the red stinging ant, or the European Fire Ant. A well-known ant species! Our ant colonies consist of a queen with brood (summer period) and several workers. This number depends on the number of eggs that developed into ant (egg-larva-pupa-ant). This colony already has 2 queens and 40+ workers. The colonies are polygynous, which means that multiple gynes, queens, can be present in a nest. In this colony are two gynes, they are just slightly larger than regular workers.
Note, these ants have a very clear seasonal distribution, so it is possible that a colony has little (or even no) brood during the autumn and winter period. That comes at higher temperatures in the spring!
Note; deviating guarantee policy
Myrmica rubra is a nice species to keep, but clearly more difficult than for example, Lasius niger or Messor barbarus. We guarantee that the queen and ants come alive, but we can not go any further than that. A colony of Myrmica rubra can die within a few days in case of wrong (especially under too dry) conditions. That is why the lifespan is clearly dependent on the way of housing and care. If something is wrong at reception, that is obviously our responsibility and our risk. This must be reported to us within 24 hours (after receipt) with clear photos. If you are in doubt about the care and purchase of a Myrmica colony, please contact us for advice!
The ant colony is intended for the ant farms of sand and plaster. Sand is preferred here. We also advise to use an arena. The ants can get their food there and bring waste to it. Many products have an arena integrated. In myrmica, this arena is extremely important. They must be able to obtain fresh / moist food here continuously.
If you are looking for ants for a gel ant farm, we advise the ant family.
Packing and Shipping
The colony is in one or more test tubes with a cotton behind the water supply to keep the nest tube partially moist. Due to its size, the colony can not remain in this tube for too long without a care (maximum a few days after receipt). We guarantee the life arrival of the queen. We ship them safely and secure in foil.
Specifications and information
Red stinging and or European fire ant
Queen | Gyne:
Polygynous, multiple queens per nest
Type of litter:
Nests sand, close to the surface, often under stones
Room temperature, 15-30 degrees
No, but hibernation. Our advice: slightly cooler take around 10-15 degrees. For example, in the basement, cooler attic or barn. November-February Our experience: even in winter at room temperature this ant colonies develop well.
Sugar or honey water and small insects: Our advice for smaller colonies: fruit flies.
Advice: Keep a part of the antfarm moist
Advice Ant Farm:
Sand (adviced), or Gypsum including the use of an Arena
Myrmica rubra is an interesting species. They develop quick and can also move fast itself. In our experience it is really important to keep part of the nest really moist. Dehydration is a great danger for this species.
These red ants have a sting and can therefore be stinging. They only do this when they feel in danger and when their nest is disturbed. The sting is not dangerous for humans and feels similar as Nettles. For the more serious ant keepers, a little tension in this hobby is not a problem right ?! ;-)