Myrmecia forficata Colony
Slightly smaller than the largest bull ants, Myrmecia forifcata features a striking shiny black gaster that can shimmer green in direct light.
Like all bull ants care must be taken when handling this species as their sting can be painful.
Gestation can be very long, sometimes as much as 6 month from egg to worker. The founding stage is also known to be difficult as queens lay on a cycle that can be up to a year apart.
Ant keepers tend to have more success when keeping this species in a natural sand/dirt nest, allowing the queen to dig her own founding chamber.
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