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Liometopum occidentale, also known as the 'velvety tree ant', is a commonly found ant who's small size, fast egg laying rate, and hardiness makes them great starter species.
- Nuptial Flight Time : Use: ant-mating-chart
- Colony Founding : Fully Claustral
- *gynous : Monogynous
- Brood Boostable: Yes, same species.
- Hibernation : No
- Feeding Requirements : Nothing until workers appear
- Nanitics Appear After : 3-5 weeks
- Notes: Once they get started, the queen will lay 100's of eggs a day. You typically see huge mounds of brood.
- Most insects
- Difficulty : Super Easy
- Typical Colony Size : 100,000
- Polymorphic : No
- Ant Length : Small
- Temperament : Non-aggressive
- Suggested Feeding Schedule : They will eat everything you give them, so daily if you like.
- Hazards : None
- Colony Growth Rate : Extremely Fast
- Egg To Worker :
- Circadian Activity :
- Recommended Temperature : ~70F
- Recommended Humidity : Average - 30%
- Heating Pad Required : No
- Can Climb Smooth Surfaces : Yes
- When To Expand : at about 500 workers should put them in a larger container.
- When Do Soldiers and Reproductives Appear :
- Invasive/Pest : No
- Farmers :
- Native Location : antmaps.org
- Natural Habitat :
- Preferred Nesting Medium : Dirt
- Scientific Information: antwiki.org
- When crushed, they have a formic odor.