Formica rufibarbis is a common species in Europe. The Queen rocks some interesting red colouration and the workers many times have a reddish tint to them. They love sugar and are quick on their feet. Formica builds amazing natural dirt nests, many times utilizing debris to create mounds around their entrances. This means that natural vivarium setups are excellent for them. Formica rufibarbis are many times found in sandy areas such as river beds or forest edges.
Formica is a genus who possess some very unique behaviours, due to their large eyes. These ants rely heavily on their sight to hunt and to watch out for predators. This means that they are very reactive to their surroundings, making for some fun interactions between you as a keeper and the workers.
Humidity: Low to Mid
Temerature: Room temperature
Polymorphic: No (But they can sometimes get different sized workers)
Reccomended nests: Testtube, Ytong, Wood, Acryllic, 3D printed, Dirt
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