Myrmica rubra – European fire ant

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Recommend for beginners! If you start with single queen, she need protein to laying eggs. In the nature she goes out from the nest to hunting. They can prick you, when they felt under pressure (similary like stinging-nettle). Prefer a highly moistened nests.
Colonyform:                    polygyn
Queen:                               5 – 7,5mm /crimson (dark red)
Worker:                             4 – 6mm / crimson (dark red) till brownorange, shiny abdomen
Nutrition:                         honey (sugar) and insects (meat)
Arena humidity:            30 – 50%
Nest humidity:               50 – 70%
Arena temperature:     18 – 28°C
Nest temperature:        21 – 24°C
Hibernation:                  yes, 4-5 months in 5-8°C
Founding:                       semi-claustral (with feeding)
Colonysize:                     up to 20 000 workers
For beginners:      ★★★★★

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