Messor Barbarus (Harvester Ant)

Messor are a larger species with major workers, they are mainly seed eaters but a top up of protein via insects is always appreciated.  Queens are light sensitive so total darkness is required.  Red acetate seems un-effective for this sp from my own personal experience. 


• Humidity requirements: 50 – 60%

• Temperature requirements: 18 – 26 °C

• Hibernation: November-February at 15°C

• Suggested housing:  Acrylic, soil.

• Nutrition: They mainly eat seeds which they grind down to make ant bread. Sugars from honey or sugar water. Protein from insect sources.

• Colony size: 1-10,000

• Queen size: 14–18 mm

• Worker size: 3–9 mm

• Major size: 9–14 mm

• Monogyne/polygyne: Monogyne (One Queen per colony)




Messor Barbarus

  • We offer alive arrival guarantee on all our colony,s but this only covers the Queen, workers/brood is excluded. 

    To qualify for our alive arrival guarntee there are a few particulars which must be met.

    You must be in for your first delivery attempt , should you miss the delivery then live arrival guarntee is voided. 

    You must make us aware whithin 12 hours of delivery

    A clear picture of the dead queen in the test tube must be taken and sent again within 12 hours of delivery - this is to stop fraudulent claims.

  • Colonys are sent Monday to Thursday only, this prevents ants being left in the sorting office over a weekend. 

    Ants are sent recorded delivery 1st class only, with very sensitive species being sent Next day special delivery by 1pm. You shall be made aware of this