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Asian Weaver Ants (Oecophylla smaragdina)

Asian Weaver Ants (Oecophylla smaragdina)

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  • These ants form colonies with multiple nests in trees, each nest being made of leaves stitched together using the silk produced by the ant larvae.
  • Workers and major workers are mostly coloured orange. Workers are 5–6 millimetres (0.20–0.24 in) long; they look after larvae and farm scale bugs for honeydew. Major workers are 8–10 millimetres (0.3–0.4 in) long, with long strong legs and large mandibles. They forage, assemble and expand the nest. Queens are typically 20–25 millimetres (0.8–1.0 in) long, and normally greenish-brown.
  • This antspecie lives in the canopy of different Plants. There they build nests with the silk of the larvae. The worker often build long chains between the leaves and "weave" with the silk. Through the Transpiration of the leaves there is always the right condtion inside the nest. Oecophylla is very aggressive and defend there territory against any Intruder. In asia they were used as biological agent for hundreds of years. They are searching for on the tree and on the ground. Together with the leafcutterants they show one of the most complex communication system in all socialinsects. It contains of pheromones, tactile and optical communication. If there a lack of food or other unsuitabel conditions they often try to escape. Large colonies with there hundreds of bites and formicacid can also defend  large Intruders (Keeper).

 Subfamily: Formicinae Tribe: Oecophyllini    

Temperature: 77 - 95℉ (25 - 35℃)
Humidity: 40 - 60%
Feeding: Small Insect
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