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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 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.