Messor barbarus

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Breeding Guide for Messor barbarus

Messor barbarus is the most commonly bred ant species, easy to raise, and well-suited for beginners. They feed by bringing back seeds, which they transform into ant bread.


General Information:
Breeding Level: easy
Geographical Distribution: Southern Europe
Origin: Spain
– Queen Size: 13mm
– Worker Size: 6-10mm
– Polygynous: sometimes
– Mature Colony Size: around 30,000 workers


Maintenance Information:
Humidity: 50-70%
Temperature: 20-27°C (ideal at 25°C)
Diapause: Yes, a diapause between 8 and 12°C is required during the winter period
Ant Farms: Any ant farm with a humid area and suited to the colony size will be appropriate.
Food: seeds, insects


The Messor barbarus colonies and queens we sell are all 100% guaranteed to arrive alive, with a healthy brood and a clean test tube.


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Number of queens

1 queen, 1 queen extra red, 1 injured queen (leg), 2 queens, 3 queens, 4 queens, 5 queens, 6 queens, 7 queens, 8 queens, 9 queens, 10 queens, 20 queens

Number of workers

0 workers, 1-3 workers, 3-6 workers, 4-8 workers, 5-10 workers, 6-12 workers, 10-20 workers, 15-30 workers, 25-50 workers, 30-60 workers, 40-80 workers, 50-100 workers, 100-150 workers, 100-200 workers, 150-200 workers, 250-500 workers


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