Pheidole pallidula

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Simple description.




Queen Ant
  • Nuptial Flight Time : June - August
  • Founding Type : Fully Claustral
  • *gynous : Polygynous
  • Brood Boostable : Yes
  • Hibernation : No
  • Feeding Requirements : Can grow quite fast, so make sure to always provide proteins
  • Nanitics Appear After :
  • Founding Stage Notes:



Pheidole pallidula are omnivorous.

Their nutrition consists of meat (insects or other animals), carbon hydrates (every fluid which contains sugar) and seeds/nuts.

Small colonies may ignore sugar water or other carbon hydrates completely, instead they like to suck up oil which comes out of seeds/nuts. You can for example squish a small piece of walnut and observe the ants suck up the leaking oil.

This ant species can raise a lot of brood in relation to their actual colony size, so they have a big need for proteins most of the time.

For smaller colonies fruit flies and other small insects are ideal. These can be dismembered by the ants and small parts are place near their larvae so that the larvae can feed by their own from the dead insects.

Middle or large colonies can feed on almost any type of dead insect which is not poisonous. Large colonies are even able to eat small dead mammals like mice.



  • Any kind of freshly dead insect
  • Some small seeds (niger seed)
  • Boiled egg
  • Chicken
  • Dead crickets
  • Dead locusts
  • Dead flies
  • Mealworm


  • Honey
  • Sugar/water
  • Maple syrup
  • Chocolate
  • Fruits




  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Typical Colony Size :
  • Polymorphic :
  • Ant Length : Workers: 2-4 mm; Queen: 7-8 mm; Males: 4-6 mm
  • Temperament : Very agressive towards other ant species and insects
  • Suggested Feeding Schedule :
  • Hazards :
  • Colony Growth Rate : very fast
  • Egg To Worker : 4 - 6 weeks depending on temperature
  • Circadian Activity :
  • Recommended Temperature : 27 
  • Recommended Humidity : Nest needs to be kept moist, outworld can be kept dry
  • Heating Pad Required : not required but highly recommended
  • Can Climb Smooth Surfaces : Yes
  • When To Expand :
  • When Do Soldiers and Reproductives Appear :
  • Invasive/Pest :
  • Farmers :
  • Native Location : South Europe and Southern parts of East Europe
  • Natural Habitat :
  • Preferred Nesting Medium : soil, aac (ytong), plaster of paris, plastic
  • Scientific Information:




  • Great starter colony
  • Low maintenance
  • escape artists
  • grow fast so you need to built a lot of nests
  • Chew through Ytong
  • little workers may drown in droplets of condensation