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The ant pheidole species, also called thick-headed ant is a very small species found in South-Europe. They are aggressive against other ant species and leave the nest in relative big groups in search for food. Next to that they have a lot more crave for nutrition than other ant species and are always looking after it. An ant species who easily escapes, so make sure you are prepared and have a solid ant farm without gaps. Like the messor ants they also need a mixture of seeds. The colony can grow explosive provided they are nursed good, they are very active en there will be nice differences in size between the worker ants. (With bigger colonies there will be more and more bigger majors/soldiers).
Our ant colonies consist of a queen together with some breed and workers. The numbers depends on the number of eggs that developed themselves to ant (egg-larva-pupa-ant). This colony already consist of atleast 80 workers which are raised by the queen ant herself. With this colony it is possible to see majors who are twice the size of the smaller workers.
the nutrition set above including seeds is a complete diet for this ant species. The set includes sugar water, honeydew, fruitflies and a starting kit seeds. The starting kit with seeds is enough for the first year.
We advice that you keep the ant colony in an ant farm of acryl, gypsum or sand with the use of an arena. The ants can get the food there and leave their garbage. Many products have an integrated arena. Are you looking for ants for in your gel ant farm, we advice you to take a look at an ant family.
On the picture you can see how the product will be delivered by us. The colony will be in a test tube with some cotton at the end with the water supply behind it to keep the nest tube moist. The colony can survive a few weeks without nursing in the test tube (after delivery) That is also how long we guarantee the life of the queen. If the queen dies within the first two weeks or doesn't arrive alive, we will provide you with a new colony.
|Scientific Name||Pheidole Pallidula|
|Queen | Gyne:||7-8 mm|
The bigger the colony, the bigger the ants can become.
Mediors en Majors (soldiers).
|Kind of colony:||Monogyn and Polygyn
Colonies can exist out of more then one queen(gynes). But also with one queen the species will develop good.
|Kind of nest:||Sandnests, relative deep. Very broad, often under grass.|
|Temperature:||Roomtemperature, 20-30 degrees Celsius|
|hibernation:||No, but winterrest. our advice is to keep them a bit cooler in the winter, around 15 degrees Celsius.
For example in the cooler attic or barn
our experience: also in winter at room temperature the ant colonies will develop good.
|Nutrition:||Sugar water, honeydew and small insects:
Our advice for smaller colonies: fruitflies.
Also a mixture of small seeds Provide a continuum of fresh and alive food in order to meet the hunting aspect of the species.
|Airdensity:||Simple. Advice: Keep a part of the nest moist
This species prefers it's environment drier then for example Lasius Niger and Myrmica rubra
(South)Europe and (North)Africa
|Advice Antfarm:||Acrylic, Gypsum or Sand including Arena area|
A very feisty, little ant. It's incredibly fascinating to watch how this species come out of the nest in huge numbers to gather food; especially when they haven't had some (fresh) food in some time. With good care the colony can expand with huge numbers. Pretty aggresive, so make sure your nest and arena are sealed correctly. The workerants usually live shorter then other species (a few months), so the colony is constantly in development.