Messor bouvieri comes from the Harvester Ant genus Messor. A hardy, shiny Black species that is easy to keep. This Harvester Ant collects seeds and stores them in a grainary within the nest. The larger Ants will chew these seeds to make 'Ant bread'. which is their primary food source. They also feed off dead insects. Messor bouvieri will not normally feed on sugar/honey water. They should have a supply of fresh drinking water, which must be protected from drowning.
Mixed seeds and Insect protein can be purchased from the AntsMynala web site to feed your Messor colonies.
Messor bouvieri can produce different size workers, some which can almost reach the size of their Queen.
The nest should have both a dry and moist area. This species can be kept at room temperature, but it is recommended to provide extra heat to speed up brood development.
In nature the Messor bouvieri has only one Queen per colony. This is a hardy species of Messor that is relatively easy to keep.
Latin Name: Messor bouvieri
Rearing Difficulty: (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): 1, Easy
Temperature: Arena, 25-30°C
Hibernation: Yes, from November to February, 15°C
Humidity: Arena, 30-50%
Diet: Sugar-water, Insect protein, Honey-water, Flies, Crickets, Cockroaches
Length/Description: Queen, 15-18mm long, Shiny Black.
Length/Description: Workers, 3-14mm long, Shiny Black.
Queen Starting Out: Claustral (without feeding)
Development of Worker:
Minimum Tube/Connector Diameter:
Colony Size: 10,000 workers
Life Span of Queen: 25 years
Distribution: Southern Europe, Croatia, North Africa,
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.