Pheidole Pallidula - Intermediate Species - Small in Size

 

The distinctive major workers have earned the genus Pheidole the nickname of "big-headed ants." The major workers of a Pheidole colony, while they may look fierce, are often quite shy and are often the first to flee on any hint of danger.

 

Pallidula however is a small ant from southeurope. They are very aggressive against other ants and can recruit quickly at feeding places. They need a huge amount of food so with a lack they try to escape as soon as it runs low, their small size makes the escape artists . Therefore it is nesseccary to have good escape prevention in place.

 

In most cases, the major workers are employed within the nest to break up large food items, or outside to carry large items, such as seeds; many Pheidole species, including Pallidula are ecologically important seed consumers who consume small seeds.

 

In the wild the live in sand environments around the Med as well as in soil, typically under stones.

 

Colony Size

Up to 7,000 workers

Queen is fully claustral - requires no food until first workers

Queen Age

20 to 25 years (est.)

Polygene

Temperature

Heated 21 to 28 degrees

Hibernation

Yes - Nov to Feb at 15 degrees

Polymorphic (Different size casts)

Yes - Minor, Media, Major

Sting

No

Bite

Yes

Diet

Lots of Proteins, Sugars, Water and Small seeds.

Nest Type

Natural, Acrylic, Sand, Ytong, Earth, Glass. 

Size

Queen - 7-8mm

Worker - 2-4mm

Soldier (Major) 6mm

Polymorphic - Yes

Development

Egg to Adult Worker - 4 to 5 weeks

Sexually Mature Colony

1200+ Workers

 

 

Pheidole Pallidula - Big Headed Ants

PriceFrom £12.99
  • 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 Mini bag of Organic Chia seeds
    • 1 x Species info sheet (so you have it to keep if we ever remove the species from our site when out of stock)