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Tetramorium caespitum

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Tetramorium caespitum, also known as the pavement ant. These ants are omnivorous. They eat insects as well as seeds and milk root lice in nature. This species is claustral, so the queen can establish a colony on her own. However, this takes longer than with Lasius niger or Lasius flavus. Also, the young queen needs a lot of peace and quiet in the first weeks of the colony foundation.

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Tetramorium caespitum, also known as the pavement ant. These ants are omnivorous. They eat insects as well as seeds and milk root lice in nature. This species is claustral, so the queen can establish a colony on her own. However, this takes longer than with Lasius niger or Lasius flavus. Also, the young queen needs a lot of peace and quiet in the first weeks of the colony foundation.
This species does have a longer initial foundation phase, but is not very difficult to keep afterwards. They can be kept at room temperature. This species is suitable for patient beginners. Seeds are best given only once the colony has dozens of workers. Small colonies are shy but become very active once they get bigger.

Difficulty

Easy

Temperature

20-24°C

Nutrition

Honeydew, Insects, Seeds, Sugar (honey, sugar water,…)

Queen

5-7 mm, Black

Worker

2-4 mm, Brown-black to dark red

Major

None

Colony properties

Claustral colony foundation, Monogynous, Up to 10000 workers

Distribution

Asia, Europe

Hibernation

October to March

Nuptial flight

July-August

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