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Pheidole yeensis

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Pheidole yeensis

Pheidole yeensis is an Asian species which does not require hibernation due to their warm habitat.  A small but quite an aggressive species.  Pheidole yeensis can produce Soldier Ants which are almost as large as their Queen.  The Soldiers can reach up to 7mm in length.  

A very active Pheidole which is pretty hardy and an aggressive feeder.

A great choice for Ant keepers who what to try a more exotic Ant species which is aggressive and multiplies quickly in number of workers.  They have a high requirement for food and so should be fed regularly. 

The nest should have both a dry and moist area.  A good escape preventative should be applied around the housing.

In nature the Pheidole yeensis is a Polygyne species, meaning that a colony may have multiple Queens.  It is difficult to add Queens once the colony has reached a larger size, so it is recommend to start of at the founding stage if you require more than 1 Queen.  More Queens in the colony allows faster development of the entire colony.  A well established Queen and colony can number up to 4000 workers Ants.

Latin Name: Pheidole yeensis

English Name:

Rearing Difficulty (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): 2, A good escape preventative should be applied.                                                                                        Will appreciate a higher temperature and humidity.

Temperature: Arena, 21-30°C 

                        Nest, 24-28°C 

Hibernation Required: No.

Humidity: Arena, 60-70%

                  Nest, 60-80%

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

Feeding Note: These are aggressive ants which require a high level of protein to allow the larvae to develop.

Length/Description: Queen, 8-9mm Long, Black to Brown

Length/Description: Workers, 2-4mm Long, Black to Reddish Brown

Length/Description: Soldiers, 6-8mm  Long, Black to Reddish Brown

Queen Starting Out: Claustral (without feeding)

Development of Workers:

Nest Suitability: Ytong / Acrylic / Glass / Soil / Plaster

Minimum Tube / Connector Diameter: 9mm

Colony Size: 3000-4000 workers

Life Span: 10-15 years

Distribution: Asia, China, Vietnam,

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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