Small but fascinating- Intermediate
M.Subopacum are a very small species of ant, but with it they have a mindset like "small dog syndrome". They are extremely able, robust and incredibly active. Here you have a fearless and bold species.
Subopacum are commonly found along the mederterrainian costline into north africa and beyond. Their ideal conditions are in dead wood, under trees and bushes... hardly noticed in the undergrowth.
Reproduction of Subopacum is what makes them popular with keepers far and wide. They inbreed. The queen is capable of producing males (drones) with a different genetic identity to that of her alates (princess'). As such they can reproduce in the nest and their polygyne nature can see hundreds of queens in a single colony.
All those queens means a whole lot of workers too, reproducing quickly they are considered stable at 300+ workers and colonies can grow into the tens of thousands quite fast. In captivity the colony should never die if conditions are right and numbers will be staggering.
Subopacum are a delight to watch for any keeper, in the wild they travel long distances to food sources as they form trails working day and night to do so. This is purely as a result of their confidence in numbers, with tiny stings they can quickly overpower prey and their "alarm call" is fast spreading in the colony making them very efficient at swarming food sources.
Food of choice for Subopacum includes flowers, aphid honeydew, brood of other ants, small insects and even soft seeds.
Great escape prevention is needed for this species, they are small, able and form long trails in the wild. Especially where multiple queens exist they will contantly be looking to split the colony and extend territory.
up to 10,000 workers per queen
Age - 9 to 14 years
Polygyne - Multiple Queen per colony
Semi Claustral -But will 99.9% fail without workers
Temperature & Humidity
Nest 23 to 27 degrees | Outworld 22 to 24 degrees
Nest 50%-60% | Outworld 30% to 50%
Yes - November to February at 15 degrees
Polymorphic (Different size casts)
Sting | Bite | Spray
Yes -small sting, un-noticable
Insects, Sugars, Carbs
Acrylic, Sand, Earth, Ytong, Plaster, Glass
Queen - 4mm-5mm
Worker - 2mm-2.5mm
It is illegal to release this colony into the wild in the UK, if you can no longer care for your colony please contact us immediately.
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)