Tetramorium Semilaeve - Beginner


Semilaeve, like other pavement ants are small in size and grow quickly, they are boast rapid egg production and a formidable hatch rate. Colonies can quickly reach peak workers in the space of just 2 to 3 years.


Semilaeve are found across 3 continents, Africa, Asia and Europe. Found typically in on the South coast of Europe they prefer environments which are Mediterranean in climate.


With their rapid growth comes an incredible hunger for protein to feed the new brood. Pavement ants have no fear against larger insects at all and will happily form fast moving armies to take down prey.


After all there is only 1 thing an ant truly fears, and that is a smaller ant.


Semilaeve are extremely aggressive, the requirement of such large amounts of both brood protein, seeds and sugars (carbs) for adult workers makes them territorial and they will defend their land with their lives..


This Species of ant that is very suitable for beginners although it is worth noting that due to their size good escape prevention is needed to contain them. Due to the nature of their natural environment, these ants are mainly active throughout the year but need to hibernate from Early November through to Mid March.


Colony Size

Up to 7,000 workers

Queen Age - Up to 30 years

Monogyne - One Queen per colony Fully Claustral - No food until first workers

Temperature & Humidity

Nest 21 to 25 degrees | Outworld 18 to 30 degrees

Nest 50%-60% | Outworld 30% to 50%


Yes - November to March

Polymorphic (Different size casts)


Sting | Bite | Spray



Insects, Sugars, Carbs

Nest Type

Acrylic, Sand, Earth, Ytong, Plaster, Glass


Queen - 6mm-8mm

Worker - 2mm-4mm


Egg to Adult Worker - 6 to 8 weeks



Tetramorium Semilaeve - Yellow Pavement Ant

PriceFrom £8.99
  • 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 Species info sheet (so you have it to keep if we ever remove the species from our site when out of stock)