Starter colony of the Large Red Ant (Manica rubida).
Manica rubida are similar to Myrmica rubra, the common red ant, but are larger in size.
Manica rubida Species Details:
Queen: 9-13 mm dark red
Workers: 6-9 mm dark red / brown
Nests: Nests often in the ground, common under stones
Nutrition: Honey sugar, small insects
Temperature: Room temperature
Humidity: 50 – 70% for nest, 30 – 50% Feeding tank.
Hibernate: October to March at 5-8C
Please note that if the ants are handled then it is possible for the workers to sting. Care should be taken although it is no more painful than a nettle sting.
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We guarantee live arrival on all livestock (applies to Queens only for colonies, not workers). A replacement will be sent should livestock fail to survive the journey. Please note that the guarantee is only valid for UK and Ireland deliveries, orders outside these destinations are at the customers own risk.
Once you have received your livestock Life Unearthed (Edu-Sci Ltd) will offer a replacement should livestock perish within 24 hours of arrival. After this period we are unable to replace any insects which may die, this is due to us having no control over the environmental conditions in with the insects are being kept. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to ensure they have undertaken enough research to be able to look after the insects and provide them with the correct conditions.
A basic care sheet will be included.
Ant Care Sheet – Large Red Ant
Feeding your ants
Ants feed on a wide variety of foods. Sugar and nectars are required by the adult ants and protein is needed for the ant larvae to develop. A varied diet should be provided and old food should be removed before mould develops.
Sugar, Honey, Jam, Nectar, Protein Jelly, Worms, Shrimp, Flies, Caterpillars, Crickets, Snails, Meal Worms
Housing your ants
Native ants such as Black, Red and Meadow species do no need heated habitats and can be kept at room temperature. Habitats are usually made of plastic or glass and should be 2/3rds filled with a sand loam mixture. The sand should be regularly dampened to ensure the nest structure holds together. Nest tanks of 10cm x 20cm can house a colony for 2-3 years, additional tanks can be connected as the colony grows.
Hints and Tips
Keep your ants out of direct sunlight to avoid over-heating
Feed your ants every 2-3 days
Do Not mix ants from different colonies as the ants will fight
Do not tap the ant habitat as you could cause the nest to collapse
Be patient, colonies take time to grow and establish themselves
If the temperature becomes low during Autumn ant may enter hibernation until the spring.
Gel habitats are not suitable for UK and species
Do further reading and research on ants. This is only a guide to the basics.
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