Novomessor cockerelli

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Simple description.

 

Queen[edit]

Queen Ant
  • Nuptial Flight Time : June to July, at night
  • Founding Type :
  • *gynous :
  • Brood Boostable :
  • Hibernation : Not required, may slow down during winter months
  • Feeding Requirements :
  • Nanitics Appear After : 1-2 months
  • Founding Stage Notes: Healthy colonies are typically have at least ten workers after half a year.

 

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]

  • Crickets
  • Apple slices
  • Crushed sunflower seeds

Dislikes[edit]

  • Mealworm
  • Diluted honey

 


Colony[edit]

  • Difficulty :Easy
  • Typical Colony Size :several hundreds 
  • Polymorphic : No
  • Ant Length : Approximately 10mm
  • Temperament
  • Suggested Feeding Schedule : Protein 2 to 3 times a week, with crushed sunflower seeds and apples alternated on these days
  • Hazards :
  • Colony Growth Rate :  Moderate - Fast
  • Egg To Worker : 1-2 months
  • Circadian Activity : All times except near noon and midnight
  • Recommended Temperature : 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Recommended Humidity : Low
  • Heating Pad Required : As needed to maintain 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit temperature
  • Can Climb Smooth Surfaces :
  • When To Expand : at least 20<
  • When Do Soldiers and Reproductives Appear :after 2 years
  • Invasive/Pest : No
  • Farmers :no, but are seed collectors 
  • Native Location :
  • Natural Habitat :Desert
  • Preferred Nesting Medium :
  • Scientific Information: antwiki.org

 

Notes[edit]

  • Great starter colony
  • Low maintenance
  • Very active
  • Large and easy to see

Images[edit]