Ants of the species Pachycondyla rufipes are widespread in Southeast Asia, scavengers, large (up to 16 mm), have an unusual appearance, when stressed, they release a jet of white foam.
In a family, the dominant individual may be a fertilized uterus or gamergate. Development from egg to ant takes about 3 months, about a month for each stage: egg, larva, cocoon.
In the natural environment, the number of individuals in an anthill is about 200-300 ants, Pachycondyla rufipes settle in anthills in the soil, under stones or in the roots of trees.
Ants of this species feed only on dead insects, when kept at home, it is best to feed them with crushed cockroaches or various larvae, ants do not eat living insects. It is not necessary to install the drinker in the formicaria.
For this species, a gypsum formicarium with a substrate is best suited, since the ants are moisture-loving, the humidity in the nest should be 99%, in the arena 70-80%, the temperature is about 25 degrees, wintering is not required for this species. Recommended formicarium for Pachycondyla rufipes: Ponerinae House. For large colonies, we recommend the Double House Formicaria.