Myrmicaria brunnea (Bicoloured Arched Ant)


A soil nesting ant found in the South East Asian region (typically near mountainous areas). The species can actually establish themselves in a variety of habitats - from fruit gardens; sparse forest; swamps or even wastelands - puts us to shame! 


Their diet consists of fruits, to cooking wastes; they’ve also been found to scavenge on dead insects. Due to the climate of the region this species does not hibernate. Notably in its appearance the species has a distinctive down-curved abdomen; with spines on the thorax. Initially, almost seeming as if the ant had something wrong with it! 


Workers resemble the Queen in colour, being a chestnut brown. To defend itself it uses a defense of a chemical nature, raising its abdomen and spraying a secretion towards the threat. You have been warned! (It's actually not that bad unless you are a mealworm).


All in all, an attractive bicoloured exotic ant that is realtively easy to keep between 21-24C and a humidity ranging 60-70%. 


It is illegal and strictly frowned upon to release any non-native ants into the wild. 




Myrmicaria brunnea




    Ants HQ is a specialist supplier for all things concerning ants and the science of Myrmecology, based in South West London.

    Subscribe to our monthly newsletter for the latest offers, new stock and helpful tips on caring for your ants.

    • Instagram
    • Grey Facebook Icon

    © 2021 BY ANTS HQ