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Myrmicaria brunnea

Myrmicaria brunnea

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Ant ID:Myrm. brun

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Myrmicaria brunnea

Myrmicaria brunnea is an Asian species of Ant which does not require hibernation due to their warm habitat.  Not often seen on sale so are relatively rare.  This lovely deep Brown-Red Myrmicaria moves rather slowly, relying on their chemical defence.  When threatened  they raise their gaster (abdomen) and spray their defensive secretion.

The nest should have both a dry and moist area.  This species of ant should be provided with a heat source.

In nature the Myrmicaria brunnea has only one Queen per colony.  A well established Queen and colony can number over 500 workers.

Latin Name: Myrmicaria brunnea

English Name:  

Rearing Difficulty: (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): 2, Will appreciate a higher temperature and humidity.

Temperature: Arena, 21-30°C


                        Nest,  21-26°C

Hibernation: No.

Humidity: Arena, 60-70%


                  Nest, 60-80%

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

Length/Description: Queen, 12-14mm Long, Red-Brown head and thorax with Black abdomen.

Length/Description: Workers, 5-8mm Long, Red-Brown head and thorax with Black abdomen.

Queen Starting Out: Claustral (without feeding)

Development of Worker: 

Nest Suitability: 

Minimum Tube/Connector Diameter:

Colony Size: 500-700 workers.

Life Span of Queen: 

Distribution: Asia, Bengal, Burma, Borneo


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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