Crematogaster scutellaris


Crematogaster scutellaris, also known as the acrobat ant, is a beautiful species of ant that is native to the Mediterranean region. They are characterized by their heart-shaped abdomen and black body with a red head. Crematogaster scutellaris are relatively easy to keep and can be a great choice for both beginners and experienced ant keepers.


Crematogaster scutellaris are native to the Mediterranean region, including countries such as southern France, Italy, and Spain.


Crematogaster scutellaris prefer a warm climate with low humidity. The ideal temperature for this species is between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius.


Crematogaster scutellaris prefer a humidity level of between 50 and 60%. However, they can tolerate a wider range of humidity levels, as long as the nest has a dry area for the brood.


Crematogaster scutellaris need a balanced diet of sugar and protein. For sugar, you can give them honeymoon fruity or nectar jelly. For protein, you can give them honeymoon proteinated liquids, small insects, such as crickets, mealworms, and fruit flies.


Crematogaster scutellaris hibernate during the winter, from around late October to early March. The ideal temperature for hibernation is around 10 degrees Celsius.

Nest type

Crematogaster scutellaris typically nest in dead trees, but they can also be kept in a variety of formicariums, such as wooden nests, Ytong nests, and acrylic nests.

Here are some tips for keeping Crematogaster scutellaris:

  • Provide them with a warm and dry nest with a humidity gradient.
  • Offer them a balanced diet of sugar and protein.
  • Hibernate them during the winter.
  • Be careful with ventilation, as they can spray formic acid.

With proper care, Crematogaster scutellaris can be a rewarding and fascinating species to keep.