Green Headed Ant (Rhytidoponera metallica) Queen with eggs

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Description

Species: Green Head Ant (Rhytidoponera metallica)

Basic Details:

  • Size: Queen is around 8mm, workers are over 5mm.
  • Founding Type: Semi-claustral
  • Colony Size: 2000+
  • Care Level: Easy

Feeding:

  • For founding queens: Provide small amounts of sugars weekly. Queens will search for proteins for their brood; provide small amounts weekly. Gradually increase amounts when workers arrive.

Setup:

  • Founding stage: Test tubes and tubs setup or a founding/small nest with a small outworld.
  • As colony grows: Move into a small nest when the worker count exceeds ~10.

Behavior and Tips:

  • Escape-proof: Unable to climb glass and plastic surfaces, minimizing escapes.
  • Stinging: Ants have a nasty sting; avoid picking them up barehanded.
  • Entertainment: Enjoy watching them hunt smaller isopods.
  • Seed Dispersal: Known to eat certain seeds, contributing to natural setups.
  • Reproduction: Gamergate species allows colony continuation by introducing males (drones) if the queen passes.

Safety Warning:

  • Stinging Risk: Ants are capable of stinging humans.
  • Allergies: If anyone in proximity is allergic to insect bites/stings, or has had adverse reactions, avoid purchasing.
  • Medical Attention: Seek immediate medical attention if stung.
  • Consultation: Consult a medical professional before purchase.

Summary: Green Head Ants are an easy-to-care-for species suitable for beginners. They’re escape-proof and offer entertainment through their hunting behavior. While they have a sting, their inability to climb glass or plastic makes them safe for containment. However, individuals with allergies should exercise caution.

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