Crematogaster scutellaris are a species found throughout Southern Europe. This is a lovely Red and Black coloured ant with an oddly shaped abdomen. At first glance this species of Crematogaster seems quite peaceful. However if excited or threatened the Crematogaster scutellaris will raise their gaster upwards towards the air (appearing like a Scorpion) and spray a defensive secretion. A well establish colony can number up to 10,000 workers.
Description of Queen: 9-11mm Long, Shiny Black with a Red head.
Description of Worker: 3-4mm Long, Shiny Black with Bright Red Head and a distinctive shaped abdomen.
Rearing difficulty: (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): 1
Temperature: 18-26 C in the arena. Room temperature is sufficient
Hibernation Required: Yes. Hibernate between November to February.
Feeding: Protein (dead insects), Flies, Crickets, Cockroaches and Glucose supplements, Sugar-water, Honey-water.
Life span of Queen: 15 years.
These ants are not native to the UK and is therefore illegal to release them into the wild. Please contact AntMynala if you no longer wish to keep them and we will arrange for them to be collected from you at no cost.