Care Level: Medium
Founding Type: Semi-Claustral
Setup: At the founding stage, a test tube setup or founding chamber with a water source is sufficient. Once the number of workers exceeds ~10, they should be moved into a small nest.
Diet: Gently feed the queen small sugars weekly. When workers arrive, feed sugars and protein regularly.
Queen size: 7-10mm
Worker size: 5-7mm
These ants are often mistaken for green-ants (Rhytidoponera Metallica) as a result of their similar, dark green appearance. Unlike green-ants, they cannot sting, making them quite suitable for beginner to intermediate keepers. The queen pictured has a purple tinge, however there is a great degree of variation in the colouring of P. Hookeri (mostly green, often purple, blue, brown, and gold), so purple colouring cannot be guaranteed. if you’d like a specific colour, shoot us an email or use the Messenger function in the corner and we can work something out.