Messor bouvieri is a European species which is not often seen on sale so relatively rare. A hardy species that is easy to keep. Messor bouvieri belongs to the Genus Messor, Messors are Harvester ants. They collect seeds and store 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-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, 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 sized workers. The workers can reach up to 14mm in length, these particular workers are called Major workers. The smaller workers are called Minor workers.
The nest should have both a dry and moist area, with more emphasis on the dry area for thee seed storage. It is recommended to provide a heat spot as this species will appreciate it.
In nature the Messor bouvieri only has one Queen per colony.
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: Insect protein, Honey-water, Flies, Crickets, Cockroaches
Length/Description: Queen, 15-16mm 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: 20-25 years
Distribution: Europe, Spain, Croatia, 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.