Formica sanguinea

Formica sanguinea hunts pupae of other species of ants and rears them into slave workers. In captivity they accept cocoons of the slave species.

■Taxonomy: Formicinae
■Distribution: Europe
■Characteristics: Monomorph
■Color: red-brown, black abdomen and head
■Nest-building: Ants hills
■Hibernation: Yes
■Nutrition: Honeywater, insects
■Air humidity: dry
■Temperature: Room temperature
■Soil conditions: Sand, pebbles, roots, forest litter material