Introducing our Monomorium rubriceps colony
HILDA our brand new Monomorium rubriceps queens was caught from a downed tree on our property in Victoria, Australia.
These medium sized ants are very interesting. They don't seem to be interested in sugars very much. They prefer protein. They especially love wet cat food and cooked chicken.
More than inclined to sting if provoked but a very docile temperament.
We currently have them housed in a custom made tree stump formicarium as shown below. One interesting observation is that they will never leave the stump when foraging. We have even teased them out with some food but they still choose to stay on the stump.
In an unfortunate case of bad timing, a live TV interview in Australia has been interrupted by a mating swarm of ants during their nuptial flight.