Acromyrmex Versicolor Care Guide:

Acromyrmex versicolor, commonly known as the "brown fungus ant," is a species of leafcutter ant native to North America. If you're interested in keeping them as pets, here is a care guide to get you started:


  • A nest should be made of plaster or similar materials that can be moistened easily. A specialized leafcutter nest can also be used.
  • The nest should have a water source, such as a damp sponge, to provide moisture to the ants.
  • A foraging area should be provided with live plants that the ants can use to collect their food.

Food and Water:

  • Acromyrmex versicolor are primarily herbivorous and feed on a variety of leaves, flowers, and other plant materials.
  • The ants require a consistent source of fresh water, which can be provided through a damp sponge or a water tube.
  • The ants should be fed every day or every other day, depending on their level of activity.

Temperature and Humidity:

  • The ideal temperature for Acromyrmex versicolor is between 75-85°F (24-29°C).
  • The humidity level should be maintained between 50-80%. Use a hygrometer to monitor humidity levels.
  • If the humidity level falls below 50%, mist the nest and foraging area with water.

Behavior and Maintenance:

  • Acromyrmex versicolor are a highly social species and require a colony of at least a few hundred ants to thrive.
  • Regular maintenance is required to keep the nest and foraging area clean and free of debris.
  • Check the water source and food supply regularly to ensure they are not contaminated or moldy.
  • Ants should be handled with care and minimal disturbance, as stress can negatively impact their health and behavior.


  • Consider setting up a colony in a small enclosure before transferring them to a larger habitat.
  • Use a red light or low lighting to observe the ants without disturbing their activity.
  • Avoid using pesticides or other harmful chemicals in the vicinity of the colony.
  • Join online ant keeping communities to learn from experienced ant keepers and share tips and advice.