Messor Barbarus (Red head) queen + 10-20 workers

Messor Barbarus (Red head) queen + 10-20 workers

Messor barbarus is a very popular European Ant that alot of Ant-keepers keep.  A hardy species that is easy to keep.  Messor barbarus is a Harvester Ant. 

They collect seeds and store them in a grainary within the nest.  The larger Ants will chew these seeds to make 'Ant bread' which is their primary food source. They also feed of dead Insects. Messor barbarus will not  will not normally feed on honey/sugar water.  they should have a supply of freshwater drinking water which must be protected from drowning.


Latin Name: Messor barbarus ( Harvester ant)

Rearing Difficulty: (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): 1, Easy

Temperature: Arena, 25-30°C 

Nest,  21-26°C

Hibernation: Yes, November-February, at 15°C

Humidity: Arena, 30-50%

Nest, 50-70%

Diet: Seeds, Grains, Insect protein, Flies, Crickets, Cockroaches, Seeds,

Queen, 15-18mm long, Black body with a Black, Brown-Red Head. 

Workers, 3-14mm long, Black, Major workers have a Brown-Red Head.

Claustral (without feeding)

Development of Worker: 7-8 weeks (depending on the temperature)

Colony Size: 7000

Life Span of Queen: 20-25 years.

Distribution: Southern Europe, Spain, North Africa, Asia.

  • Starter Pack

    What you get with your starter pack?

    1 Fertile queen with or without workers



    1 tube of honey

    1 spare test tube

    A caresheet on selected species, kindly written by me.

    All packed with ecofreindly biodegradable bubble wrap in a strong box. With 1st class shipping.

£24.99 Regular Price
£19.99Sale Price



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