Queen of Messor barbarus
Caution: We ship ONLY 1 COLONY or queen and ONLY 1 SPECIES per order or ant's nest, so you must choose correctly the one you want. We do not charge for the ants. They are FREE. You only have to pay for the shipping costs.
The queen arrives inside a test tube with water supply. It is recommended to keep it inside the tube, at least while the water supply remains and wait for the first generation of ants grow up.
Difficulty of breeding: MEDIUM
Instructions about the breeding of Queen of Messor barbarus (seed-eater ant):
The queen usually takes three months on average to put their first egg. The new ants are born in early September-October and late December we find the first queens with some eggs. Some may even take up to six months and start to lay eggs in May, but usually this occurs in late January or early February.
Usually, at 20ºC, the egg takes 2-3 months to become a worker.
It is recommended, but not required, put biweekly one droplet of water with sugar or honey and some seed to keep the queen in the best possible condition.
When the first workers (nurses) are born they are not quite complete ants, their development has been accelerated by the queen. They do not have the size of a normal worker. They are also more fragile to disease and they have a shorter life. It is a critical moment because the queen does not have strength to raise another generation of ants. If they die, the queen die too. Therefore, we must be extremely careful. We should not miss humidity or food, but we should not go too far with this last because leftovers can become rotten and fungus and diseases can arise.
You can give pieces of seeds such as oats to make the feeding easier and some food rich in carbohydrates such as bread, noodles or cookies. Also some soft-bodied insects like flies or silverfish.
- Queen: 14-16.5 mm