Crematogaster scutellaris

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Látványos, közkedvelt dél-európai hangya-faj. Jellegzetes vörösfejű dolgozói feromonjaik által kijelölt útvonalakon sorban közlekednek, és a darazsakhoz hasonlóan puhára rágott fából fészket építenek maguknak. Gyorsan szaporodnak és remekül belaknak bármilyen berendezési tárgyat, így könnyen beköltöztethetjük őket terráriumi díszekbe. Nem agresszívek, de ha támadás éri őket, hegyes potrohukat felemelve hangyasavat permeteznek a levegőbe, így veszteség nélkül győzhetik le támadóikat.

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Description

Crematogaster scutellaris establish independent monogynous colonies, but with the possibility of oligogyny (multiple queens are accepted by the workers in the colony, but the queens are aggressive among them).

They usually build their colonies mainly in stumps and fallen logs or dead branches. The nest are made with a mixture of chewed wood and humus. Between March and October workers collect and carry mainly sugary liquid substances and solid materials (remains of arthropods, small insects, etc. ).

This species is very prolific. The larvae hatch primarily in September and overwinter in the second stage, from November to February at about 10 °C. The following spring the third instar larvae develop, pupating in the summer. By mid to late summer the worker appear, while sexed individuals appear in late August.

Additional information

Keeping level

easy, medium

Continent

European species

Colonyform

Monogyne

Colony size

hundreds – few thousands, thousands

Worker castes
Worker size
Feeding

honey + insects

Humidity

middle

Hibernate

yes

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