Myrmecia pyriformis

Ant myrmecia pyriformis
Myrmecia pyriformis or bulldog ant, one of the largest ants on earth, is common in Australia. It has a very unusual appearance, the body and mandibles are black, large eyes and good eyesight. The size of the uterus reaches 33 mm, the workers are slightly smaller, but also quite large 20-28 mm.

The dominant individual is the uterus, there are no gamergates, fertilization occurs during the flight. A colony can be raised from one uterus, but it will take a lot of time, the development cycle from the moment the egg appears about 4 months.

Myrmecia pyriformis builds nests in the ground in arid areas, the number of individuals reaches several thousand, which live in small sections underground with a narrow passage outward.

Ants eat honey syrup or nectar, they eat little protein, but it is needed to feed the larvae. It is not necessary to install the drinker in the formicaria.

Ants of this species do not need high humidity in the arena, 99% in the nest, 40-60% in the arena, temperature 23-28 degrees. Sand must be added to the formicarium. It is not necessary for Myrmecia pyriformis to spend the winter. As a habitation for this exotic pet, the Paraponera House formicarium with a deep nest is suitable.