Founding type: Semi-claustral
Size: Large, workers and queen around 1.5cm
Diet: Founding queen requires sugars. Larvae require protein
Set-up: Myrmecia do not like to be locked in a test tube. Recommend founding your colony in a tub and tube or similar set up.
These ants get their name from their unique ability to jump when threatened. They are a quick moving species, smaller than the average bull ant with an average length of 1.5cm. They have striking orange and black colouring!
Myrmecia species are some of the largest and most interesting ants to keep. They require some experience as they possess strong pinching mandibles and a painful sting, much like that of a wasp.
They can be very aggressive and have very good eye sight, able to track you from across the room. Colonies can be slow to develop so patience is required, with the queens sometimes laying eggs in a 6-12 month cycle. However, once established, colony numbers can exceed 1000 so you can get a very large and very rewarding colony with these ants.
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