Scientific Name: Tetramorium Species E
Common Name: Pavement ant
Distribution: North America, maybe Europe but taxonomists aren't sure.
Queen size: 7 mm
Worker size: 1-3 mm
Natural Habitat: Generally anywhere, under bricks and rocks, under logs, sometimes found in logs but very uncommon.
Circadian Activity: Usually diurnal
Mating Flight: Lots of them in June, they come out after storms. They fly in the air and mate. Pretty easy to find.
Queen Founding Method: Fully-claustral
Monogyne or Polygyne: Monogyne
Average time from egg to worker: Egg to Larvae = 11 days; Larvae to pupae = 11 days, Pupae to worker = 12 days. Very fast growers.
Recommended Temperature: 70-78 degrees F, 21-25 C
Recommended Humidity: 30-40%, not too much but they still need some.
Preferred Foods: Anything including crackers, chicken, bugs, fruit. They don't seem to like sugar water as much as honey.
Hibernation Details: 46F / 8C.
Escape Barrier Methods: PTFE, you will need a good barrier because they are so small.
Difficulty rating: 1/10, definitely one of the easiest species to keep.
Bite and/or Sting rating: The sting might hurt a little, just don't mess with them when they are eating or anything. Overall, don't pick them up
Special Care or Interesting Notes: A good species to try a first formicaria on. They're fast too. Hibernate them from November to February.
Information submitted by AnthonyP163
Edited by dspdrew, March 5 2022 - 8:30 PM.