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Aphaenogaster iberica
A slightly smaller version of A.gibbosa that is just as tough and easy. An small active ant that's actually a good species for beginners wanting to start with something different than the standard Lasius niger and a bit more focused on eating small insects than honeydew surrogate.
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Camponotus aethiops
A mid-sized Camponotus that looks like a smaller version of C.vagus, but is better described as a shiny, completely black copy of C.sylvaticus, sharing the same geography, growing speed and behaviour. A pretty and easy-to-keep Camponotus species.
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Camponotus cruentatus
While one of the largest European species, they are different from the other Camponotus. They are probably the most thermophile of the genus in Europe (living also in North-Africa). They can be tricky to raise from a single queen as they are more sensitive to stress and have a more narrow acceptable foundation temperature.
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Camponotus piceus
This is a very interesting species as it is one of the smallest Camponotus of Europe. With their queen and minor workers a similar size als Lasius niger, but then also with a medium and major caste. They are a bit more fragile than their larger cousins requiring a good nest and regular care, but they can also grow much faster.
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Camponotus sylvaticus
A smaller, slightly darker version of C.barbaricus. They are a typicaly 'mid-size Camponotus' and their colony will grow faster compared to their larger cousins. Which also means that their workers will be considerably more active and appreciative in accepting proteins. This makes it one of the easiest European Camponotus species to keep.
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Messor barbarus
As an very easy-to-keep granivore with big red-headed majors, this is often a popular choice among beginning ant-keepers. However, they are a very stress-sensitive species which makes them quite tricky unless they have enough workers (~50) and a few majors. Please keep this in mind when selecting a colony size.
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Messor wasmanni
A smaller, less common Messor species from the eastern Mediterranean that can be recognized by their shiny black color and a reddish hue on the thorax. A relatively easy species that does well with some heating during the summer and just room temperature in the winter.
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Tetramorium caespitum
This small but interesting species doesn't get enough attention, being the only Northern granivores. And besides specific seeds, this species will also happily accept insects and honeydew surrogate (careful with drowning). As they need regular test tube replacements, we advise getting them with a 3d-printed nest.