(3)through their large Space- and Foodrequirements as well as their climateconditions only for experienced antkeepers
Size:11 - 14mm Colour: reddishbrown
Size: 5 - 9mm Colour: reddishbrown with 4 pairs of spines
Size:- Colour: yellow ferrugineous
a home-grownfungus(Leucoagaricusgongylophorus)is cultivatedby the workerswith the leavesandflowers ofRosaceae plants and fruits.Specificprotein bodiesto thefungal hyphaeare harvested andfed toqueen andbrood.The administration ofsugarorhoneyWateris recommended potentialfoodplantsare:blackberries, raspberries,roses,boxwood, elderberry,oak, lime-tree, wildwinenext toapples,orange, banana, grapesin an emergencyalso oatflakes It`s recommended to moisten the leaves before feeding. Thefeedingofsumachleavesshouldbeavoided at all costs, as thesearetoxic tothe fungus.
Acromyrmex echinatior is a small leafcutter from Centralamerica. They are very common in urban dry habitats and open wet forest.
matingflight: with the first summerrains founding: claustral with a piece of fungus from the mothercolony which is first fertilized with droppings of the Queen. A Queen can be between 8 and up to 15 years old. colonysize: up to 20 000 Individuals
one fertilized queen with workers (see selection); brood (depending on the season and development)