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Aphaenogaster gibbosa

Aphaenogaster gibbosa

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Ant ID:Ap.gib

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Aphaenogaster gibbosa is a European ant which is not often seen on sale and so is relatively rare. A hardy species that is easy to keep, that is active both day and night.

This Aphaenogaster species can be kept at room temperature, however an additional heat spot is appreciated.  The nest should have both a dry and moist area.  Generally a good climber, so a good escape preventative should be applied.  

In nature the Aphaenogaster gibbosa only has one Queen per colony.  In captivity the colony can develop fast in the number of workers with very good feeding.  A well established Queen and colony can number up to 4,000 worker Ants.  This is a suitable ant for beginners which is undemanding and easy to keep.

Latin Name: Aphaenogaster gibbosa

English Name:  

Rearing Difficulty: (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): 1, Easy

Temperature: Arena, 18-29°C 

                        Nest,  21-24°C

Hibernation: Yes, November to February, at 10-15°C

Humidity: Arena, 30-50%

                  Nest, 50-70%

Diet: Sugar-water, Insect protein, Honey-water, Flies, Crickets, Cockroaches

Length/Description: Queen, 6-7mm long, Black-Brown with light Brown-Yellow legs.

Length/Description: Workers,  3.5-4mm long, Black-Brown with light Brown-Yellow legs.

Queen Starting Out: Claustral (without feeding)

Development of Worker: 

Colony Size: 2000-4000 workers

Life Span of Queen: 

Distribution: Southern Europe, Portugal, Spain, Southern France,


These ants are not native to the UK and is therefore illegal to release them into the wild. Please contact AntsMynala if you no longer wish to keep them and we will arrange for them to be collected from you at no cost.

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