Pheidole megacephala

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Pheidole megacephala is a small, African-native species of big-headed ant that has successfully spread itself to many tropical and subtropical regions of the world by the help of humans. Their colonies may consist of several dozens of egg-laying queens, and they are able to reproduce by budding.

 


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Queen Ant
  • Nuptial Flight Time : Use: ant-mating-chart
  • Colony Founding : Fully Claustral
  • *gynous Polygynous
  • Brood Boostable:  Yes
  • Hibernation : Do not hibernate
  • Feeding Requirements : sugar and protein
  • Nanitics Appear After : 1 - 2 months

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  • Difficulty : Very easy
  • Typical Colony Size : Supercolony
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  • Can Climb Smooth Surfaces : Yes, can and will easily escape out of many barriers.
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  • Invasive/Pest : Very invasive, similar to that of Solenopsis invicta (not as invasive as Argentine ants, due to needing a warmer climate)
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  • Native Location : antmaps.org
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  • Preferred Nesting Medium Moist 
  • Scientific Information: antwiki.org

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  • Pheidole megacephala can nest in wood (as long as its moist and easy to dig in). An interesting trait is that Pheidole megacephala can make a carton-like substance out of the same wood. It is very similar to the carton-like material that Formosan subterranean termites also make out of wood.
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