Cardiocondyla dalmatica

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Short Description of the species:
🐜: European species
📙: Sultan Ant
👑: Monogynous (Monogyn)
📏: 2.5-3 mm, 1.5-2 mm
🌍: Hungary, Southern Europe, Turkey, Iran
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Characteristics of Cardiocondyla dalmatica

The Cardiocondyla dalmatica is mostly a European species. It is native to Hungary, southern Europe, Turkey and Iran. A tiny, cute, easy to keep species. They tolerate heat well. Currently, of all the online stores in the world, it is only available on Hangyapolisz.

Their nuptial flight generally takes place in June, lasting up to a few weeks in several major cycles. But depending on the weather, you can also start at other times. Their mating is favoured by slightly overcast weather, when it is not so hot. Queens are most often found under stones when they are looking for a new home to settle down. They can almost only be collected from the wild when swarming.

A moderately fast-growing species, a single adult queen can number up to 100+ workers. It is a monogynous species, so you can keep one queen in a test tube/formicarium. During their development, cocoon does not appear. From puppy to adult worker, about. 6-8 weeks are needed. The Queen could live up to 10 years.

The Sultan ant is a hibernating species. Hibernation is recommended from the end of October to the end of March. During this period, the right temperature is 5-8 degrees Celsius. Hibernation can be done in a test tube or a formicarium, depending on the number of workers. Keep them in a dark place and do not disturb them by moving them.

They like small insects and worms for food, but not whole. It is essential that they are fed only sterile food, as insects caught outside may carry pathogens at higher rates, which could lead to the death of the colony. Honey, sugar water, seeds are also suitable for them. Water supplies should always be available for them.


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Weight 20 g

Honey, Insects




Tiny body size species

Cast (1-3)

1 – Minor






Sandy, pebbly, stony places

Flight period


Colony size


Keeping temperature


Keeping humidity


Recommended formicarium

PLA, Plexiglass, Acrylic

Keeping level (1-5)


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