Scientific Name: Leptogenys kitteli
Distribution: Southeast asia and australia
Queen size: 7-6mm
Worker size: 5-6mm
Natural Habitat: Forested area in the leaf litter
Circadian Activity: active 24/7
Mating Flight: This species has ergatoid queens, so mating on the ground.
Queen Founding Method: colony splitting
Monogyne or Polygyne: Unknown, most likely Monogyne
Average time from egg to worker: Egg to Larvae = ~12 days; Larvae to pupae = N/A Pupae to worker = ~14 days. Relatively fast growing.
summer: 25 Celsius
winter: 11-15 Celsius
Recommended Humidity: Very humid, humidity is the key to their survival.
Preferred Foods: Crickets, isopods, roaches, and ant brood.
Hibernation Details: no hibernation
Escape Barrier Methods: Very bad climbers, so some talcum powder is ok
Difficulty rating: Difficult, this species requires high humidity and move their nests every week or so. They also sting and do not always accept food. They can't be kept in test tubes or they will slowly die.
Bite and/or Sting rating: Sting, impossible to miss.
Special Care or Interesting Notes: needs multiple small "nests" tupperware boxes with holes in the side wet soil and dead leaves so they can move nests frequently. boxes must be kept at at least 90% humidity.
Information submitted by Leo