Myrmicaria brunnea queen with brood (Express shipping to EU only)

Myrmicaria brunnea queen with brood (Express shipping to EU only)

Myrmicaria brunnea is a species of native to south Asia, they have a very distinctive body shape which is a down-curved abdomen and their spines on their thorax. If felt threatened they can raise their gaster and use a chemical defence, its harmless to humans but can be deadly for insects.  

They can be found in various habitats such as mountainous areas, forests, and open fields. They are very hardy species and can adapt to various environments and can be found in more urban areas and being very successful.


Their diet consists of sweet things such as honey water, fruits and insects. They are commonly found collecting nectar from fruit-based plants such as mango.

The shape and colouration of this species and their rarity make them highly sort after the queen like workers have a chestnut brown head and thorax with a black abdomen.

From personal experience find the queens lay eggs in large batches and usually have lots of eggs along side their brood the queen are also active eaters and will readily accept food and honey water inside a test tube set up.


You will receive:

1xQueen with eggs, brood or workers deepening on your selection


Keeping difficulty: moderate (previous ant keeping experince recommended)

Colonyform: Polygyne

Queen size: 12-13mm Colour: reddish brown head and thorax with a strong abdomen

Workers size: 5-8mm Colour: reddish brown head and thorax with a dark abdomen

Food: honey water and insects

Temp: 24-28°C

Humidity: 60-70%

Founding: clasutral without feeding

Colony size: 1-10000 workers

Hibernation: None


Live arrival guarantee:

We guarantee the live arrival of your Queen they come well packed in our jiffy bags which have two-sided padding as well as an additional layer of bubble wrap around our test tubes. We are the only company in the United Kingdom to offer our live arrival guarantee of your queen as well as an additional 14 days guarantee if the colony if kept in the original test tube for all our European species. Why do we do this? We are confident with our colony’s health and our packaging process as well as our care guides, we also believe in our customers and making sure they have a good ant keeping experience.


Live arrival guarantee we ensure the live arrival of the queen only upon delivery contact us within 24 hours of receiving the Queen dead on arrival with a picture of the dead queen and the original workers. DO NOT TRANSFER THE DEAD QUEEN OR WORKERS TO A NEST AS THIS VOIDS YOUR WARRNTY. For our additional 14-day guarantee for European species the Queen and workers must be kept in the original test tube sealed with the cotton and care sheet instructions followed if you want to keep this additional guarantee do not transfer to a nest or your warranty is VOIDED (we recommend you keep the 14-day warranty).


We have no control over the environment outside the test tube and have no influence in the conditions the responsibility once placed outside the test tube within the 14-day period the responsibility is with the buyer. 9 times out of 10 colonies die in the nest due to lack of water access, food, temperature, oxygen or stress due to vibrations or exposure to excess light. If your colony does fail inside a nest contact us, we can advise what went wrong but it is up to you to buy another ant colony, you will succeed but sometimes it does not work the first time. Research is key to success with ant keeping and follow our guides.

    PriceFrom £44.99