Messor structor

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Short Description of the species:
🐜: European species
📙: Messor structor
👑: Polygynous (Poligyn)
📏: 9.5-10.5 mm, 4-9.5 mm
🌍: Hungary, Southern Europe
⚠️: Capable of biting
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Characteristics of Messor structor

There is no official Hungarian name for the species Messor structor. It belongs to the harvester ants, the only native seed-collecting species in our country (Hungary). It also occurs in areas of southern Europe. It is characterised by the fact that both the queen and the workers mainly eat seeds along with live insects and worms. They are hardy, easy to keep. They like warmth and moderate humidity. However, they tolerate drought well.

Their nuptial flight generally take place in the months April-May. It is a native species in Hungary, so it can be collected from the wild in our country.

M. structor is a very fast-growing species, with a single adult queen reaching 10,000+ workers. It is polygynous, so you can have several queens in one 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 25 years.

Messor structor is a hibernating species. From November to March, hibernation is necessary at about 5-8 degrees Celsius. Available adjustable temperature incubator in our site.

They mainly eat seeds for food. Since they have three castes, different seeds are recommended for the different castes (Minor, Media, Major). They can also be given honey and sugar water. Always have a fresh water supply for them.


It can bite, so it is not recommended to hold it. No liability for any injury, accident or damage caused by this species. The buyer accepts this and buys with this knowledge. The displayed product image is protected by copyright, and its use requires permission. The picture is an illustration.

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Weight 20 g

Honey, Seeds




Medium body size species

Cast (1-3)

1 – Minor, 2 – Media, 3 – Major






Dry, rocky highlands (mountains, hills), Under stones

Flight period

April, May

Colony size


Keeping temperature


Keeping humidity

Nest: 50-60%, Outworld: 30-50%

Recommended formicarium

PLA, Plexiglass, Digfix, Acrylic

Keeping level (1-5)



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