Tetramorium Caespitum - Beginner
The Black Pavement Ant - Beginner If you are looking for a beginner species of ant which can reach high numbers quickly without a large footprint then these little girls are perfect for you. Caespitum are extremely diverse in their choice of habitat, choosing their nest locations anywhere from pasture to meadow, from sand to soil.
Most famously though and where they get their name is from the colonisation of pavements and urban areas. Caespitum are formidable aggressive fighters, pre-nuptials when their alates need all the protein they can get. (a demand which usually cannot be met) they wage war on a neighbouring colony in a bid to conquer and gain mass resources for their own colony.
These are pictured and documented as huge black ant gatherings in the street, but look closer and you have stumbled by a war of epic proportions right under your sole. Farming aphids is a primary source of sugars, however they can quickly gather around waste bins and windows if you leave sweet things there. Carspitum will also take on insects like small fruit flies and mosquitoes as well as other ants for their proteins.
This Species of ant that is very suitable for beginners, In terms of growth they are quite fast to develop once the colony reaches 20 workers and over.
This species is also a very important host species for the parasite queen Strongylognathus testaceus who after becoming covered in the colonies pheromones, enters a nest and works along side the Caespitum queen. keeping her alive and producing workers the host queen can no longer make alates, instead she is forever at the mercy of her parasite in a unique and strange game of slavery. See our specials to see if we have any of the rare Strongylognathus testaceus colonies in stock.
Good escape prevention will be needed, this is a small species of ant.
Up to 10,000 workers
Queen Age - Up to 25 years
Monogyne - One Queen per colony Fully Claustral - No food until first workers
Temperature & Humidity
Nest 21 to 24 degrees | Outworld 18 to 28 degrees
Nest 50%-60% | Outworld 30% to 50%
Yes - November to March
Polymorphic (Different size casts)
Sting | Bite | Spray
Insects, Sugars, Carbs
Acrylic, Sand, Earth, Ytong, Plaster, Glass
Queen - 6mm-8mm
Worker - 2mm-4mm
Egg to Adult Worker - 6 to 8 weeks
Tetramorium Caespitum - Pavement Ant
Although legal, please consider contacting us before release. A colony in captivity will find it very difficult to make it in the wild and we can provide a new home for them instead.
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)