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Messor structor

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Messor structor is a species related to the better known Messor barbarus. Next to the general traits it shares with Messor barbarus it also has some differences. They are granivourous, meaning their main diet consits of seeds. They have major workers. With their large jaws they are able to break open seeds making “ant bread”.

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Messor structor is a species related to the better known Messor barbarus. Next to the general traits it shares with Messor barbarus it also has some differences. They are granivourous, meaning their main diet consits of seeds. The workers are very polymorphic, so they vary greatly in size. They can be between 5-6 to 12 mm. The majors are specialized workers with a large head. These contain large jaw muscles used to break open seeds. The queen is somewhat smaller than Messor barbarus but more than one queen can be present in the same nest. They are polygynous.

This species is suitable for beginners once they have their first workers. However, they are sensitive to disturbances, so a peacefull spot is recommended to house them.

Difficulty

Easy, Sensitive to disturbances (vibrations, changes in light intensity,…)

Temperature

24-28°C

Nutrition

Insects, Seeds

Queen

9-11 mm, Shiny black

Worker

3-6 mm, Shiny black

Major

8-12 mm, Shiny black, sometimes red tinted head

Colony properties

Claustral colony foundation, Polygynous, Up to 10000 workers

Distribution

Asia, Southern Europe

Hibernation

November to Februari

Nuptial flight

September to april/may

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