Formica subaenescens

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Simple description.

 

 

 

Queen[edit]

Queen Ant
  • Nuptial Flight Time : July
  • Founding Type : Fully claustral
  • *gynous : Monogynous
  • Brood Boostable : Yes
  • Hibernation : During winter at roughly 50 Fahrenheit
  • Feeding Requirements : Protein and sugar
  • Nanitics Appear After : a few weeks to a month
  • Founding Stage Notes: queens are slightly sensitive to stress

 

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]

  • Small beetles
  • Crickets
  • Honey
  • Mealworms

 

Dislikes[edit]

  • Worms

 

 

Colony[edit]

  • Difficulty : easy
  • Typical Colony Size : a few hundred workers
  • Polymorphic : no
  • Ant Length : 4 - 12mm 
  • Temperament : aggressive, but also shy.
  • Suggested Feeding Schedule : weekly to every other week
  • Hazards : Spiders, formic acid in small spaces
  • Colony Growth Rate : medium
  • Egg To Worker : 1 - 2 months
  • Circadian Activity : diurnal
  • Recommended Temperature : 75-80 Fahrenheit (23-26 C)
  • Recommended Humidity : 50%
  • Heating Pad Required : no
  • Can Climb Smooth Surfaces : Yes
  • When To Expand : Whenever seen fit
  • When Do Soldiers and Reproductives Appear : After a few years
  • Invasive/Pest : no
  • Farmers : of aphids
  • Native Location : North America
  • Natural Habitat : forests
  • Preferred Nesting Medium : soil
  • Scientific Information: Closely related to Formica pallidefulva 

 

 

Notes[edit]

  • Great starter colony
  • Low maintenance
  • Very energetic

 

 

 

Images[edit]