.....This is a very large attractively colored Asian species with an all red head and black / grey body. They are large ants with queens that are 17-20mm and workers between 11-13mm, and they also have a large a major form that is a similar size to the queens at 17-18mm.
While searching for more information on this species I noticed that although there are plenty of journals regard their keeping very little info is available on their natural wild habitat etc; From what we know their colonies are quite large often between 500-1000 individuals. Some researches state the workers tend to forage in the upper story of large forest trees where they seek out the secretions of sap sucking insects. I have seen trails of workers ascending trees at night but also found them foraging over the ground where they will take live and dead insects.
It has also been stated that they will create nests in trees in old dead wood, however I have seen colonies nesting in the gaps between large rocks on cliff faces, and also on the ground in very rocky areas usually in the cracks between large boulders. These boulders are so big that they are immoveable and provide the ants with good protection from would be predators.
They are mainly nocturnal and tend to forage at night when day predators like birds are not active. However in low light conditions they will also show activity during the day. They feed on any insects they can capture and on the secretions of sap sucking insects. They are active year round and do not need a rest period.
Previously most of the queens and colonies of this species reached the trade from the Chinese wholesalers and the stocks fertility was a bit dubious, with many reported infertile queens and colonies failing to rear any new brood. The queens I am offering are all collected from Thailand and as such will bring a new gene pool into cultivation.
Reports suggest that this species is not easy to establish, but once they have a workforce of about fifty they will develop quickly.
Due to their slow development in the initial stages - these are recommended for experienced keepers only.