Solenopsis Fugax - The Thief Ant - Advanced Species
Fugax are a similar species to the Solenopsis Geminata with the exception that they are smaller and have adapted to European climates enabling hibernation.
They are fast, hyper aggressive ants and grow at an incredible rate. Being polygynous means colonies have multiple queens and can reach 100k workers with ease.
Being thief ants Fugax are advised to be kept by experienced keepers because they are quick, they sting and in the wild they raid enemy nests to steal food and brood to eat for themselves. This is usually done by their own small tunnel dug into the enemies nest. Their tunnel is too small for the foreign species to navigate but offers easy access for Fugax to raid.
Given this behaviour Fugax will constantly be looking for weaknesses in your barrier and trying to escape to find other nests and brood to raid.
Their high drive and activity however makes for hours of fun enjoyment but be careful as a colony with a way out will attack and steal from your other colonies.
This species stings, in comparison it is around the potency of a mild nettle. However each ant can sting multiple times in quick succession so caution in handling is advised.
Up to 10,000 workers per queen.
Queen is claustral - No food while founding.
Age 10 to 17 years (est.)
Polygyne (Can have multiple queens)
Heated 21 to 28 degrees
Yes - Nov to Late March at 10-15 degrees
Yes - Venemous sting, individually like a stinging nettle, in mass... painful.
Lots of Proteins, Sugars & Water.
Natural, Acrylic, Sand, Ytong, Earth, Glass.
Worker - 1.5-3mm
Polymorphic - No
Egg to Adult Worker - 5 to 9 weeks
Solenopsis Fugax - TheThief Ant
Although you can release this species into the wild in the UK, it will be difficult and stressful for the ants to re-establish in the wild. Rather than letting them go, contact us and we can take them back for free.
we know sometimes you will need to change the test tube or get a closer look, so we provide you with these items to help you if you need them;
- 1 x Test Tube
- 1 x Organic Bamboo Cotton Wool Bud
- 1 x Organic Cotton Wool Ball
- 1 x Magnification Card (3x Magnification)
- 1 x Species info sheet (so you have it to keep if we ever remove the species from our site when out of stock)