Messor orientalis comes from the harvester Ant genus Messor. They are an Asian counterpart to the common European Messor barbarus. Being an Asian species means this Messor does not require a hibernation period. This is a shiny Black species of Messor with Reddish-Brown legs. Messor orientalis can produce different size workers, some which can almost reach the size of their Queen.
Messor orientalis is a Harvester Ant. They collect seeds and store them in a gainary within the nest. The larger workers will chew these seeds to make 'Ant bread' which is their primary food source. They also feed off dead insects. Messor orientalis will not normally feed on sugar-water/honey-water, but we feel a small supply of sugar-water should always be present just in case. A freshwater source should also be available.
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 orientalis has only one Queen per colony. This is a hardy species of Messor that is relatively easy to keep.
Latin Name: Messor orientalis
Rearing Difficulty (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): 1
Temperature: Arena, 25-30°C
Hibernation Required: No.
Humidity: Arena, 30-50%
Diet: Insect protein, Seeds, Canary, Finch seed mixture, Niger seed, Poppy seed, Dandelion seed, Flies, Crickets, Cockroaches, Sugar-water
Length/Description: Queen, 11-13mm Long, shiny Black with Reddish-Brown legs.
Length/Description: Workers, 3-10mm Long, Dark Brown.
Queen Starting Out: Claustral (without feeding)
Development of Workers:
Nest Suitability: Ytong, acrylic, glass, soil, plaster
Minimum Tube/Connector Diameter: 13mm
Colony size: 1000-2000 workers
Life span of Queen:
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.