Crematogaster minutissima

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A small species that has not been kept in captivity hardly at all outside of laboratories. Not much is known about the raising of this species in captivity, but this sheet has all of the known information. An interesting fact is that this species produces what is called Intermorphs; they are basically in between forms of queens and workers whose main job is to lay infertle eggs usually consumed by the colony as food



Queen Ant
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  • *gynous : Subspecies C.minutissima smithi is monogynous, while subspecies C.minutissima missouriensis is polygynous
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  • Nanitics Appear After
  • Founding Stage Notes: Fully clausteral



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.


  • honey, scrambled eggs


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  • Difficulty
  • Typical Colony Size : 200-500
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  • Temperament : Sensitive to vibrations but slow
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  • Hazards : None
  • Colony Growth Rate : Medium
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  • Circadian Activity : Nocturnal, but is commonly seen digging during the day, and foraging on cooler days. In captivity though this species is more diurnal than nocturnal 
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  • Invasive/Pest : No
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  • Natural Habitat : In dirt in soils very rich in clay
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