Brachymyrmex depilis

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Simple description.

 



Queen[edit]

Queen Ant
  • Nuptial Flight Time: July - October
  • Founding Type: Fully claustral
  • *gynous: Polygynous, but in captivity, it is best to keep them separate
  • Brood Boostable: Yes, but difficult
  • Hibernation: Required
  • Feeding Requirements: Sugar and protein
  • Nanitics Appear After: 1-5 months (sometimes eggs are not present until spring)
  • Founding Stage Notes: Queens usually wait until after hibernation to lay eggs.

 

Food[edit]

Every ant, even from same species may be temperamental to certain foods. Trial and error is best way to figure out she will eat. Compiled below is a list of likes and dislikes for this particular species.


Likes[edit]

  • Honey
  • Other ants
  • Mealworms
  • Crickets
  • Aphids
  • Springtails

Dislikes[edit]

  • ?

 



Colony[edit]

  • Difficulty: Easy to medium 
  • Typical Colony Size: Average
  • Polymorphic: No
  • Ant Length: 0.5 - 2 mm 
  • Temperament: Calm
  • Suggested Feeding Schedule: Depends on colony size, just standard feeding schedules
  • Hazards: Very small, so you will need a very secure setup. Their small size makes them easy to accidentally injure them while working with. Dry out easily due to thin exoskeleton.
  • Colony Growth Rate: Slow to average
  • Egg To Worker: 1 month
  • Circadian Activity: Nocturnal, mostly underground
  • Recommended Temperature: 70 - 82 F (21 - 27 C)
  • Recommended Humidity: Average 
  • Heating Pad Required: No
  • Can Climb Smooth Surfaces: Yes 
  • When Do Soldiers and Reproductives Appear: 2nd or 3rd year
  • Invasive/Pest: Occasionally
  • Farmers: Yes, of root aphids, but they are not necessary for keeping in captivity
  • Native Location: North America
  • Natural Habitat: All over 
  • Preferred Nesting Medium: Soil
  • Scientific Information: antwiki.org

 

Notes[edit]

  • Not as easy as other ants
  • Low maintenance

 


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