- What's a Test Tube Insert?
- Shipping Conditions
The first time I (Zach) found a Crematogaster queen in my yard, I was completely out on anything to hold her, and I ended up cupping her in my hand all the way back to the house. When I opened my palm, I saw an ant with a completely flattened abdomen, and a look of shock flew across my face. In just a few moments though, she straightened herself up and walked all the way up to my pointer finger. A year later, she was the mother of over 300 daughters Crematogaster cerasi, or the cherry acrobat ant, is unsquishable.
Crematogaster spp, or Acrobat ants, are probably some of the Canadian ants that will show you the most personality, due to the fact that they wave their abdomens around when threatened or excited. These are ants that do well with a humidity source but can fare just as well in a dry wooden setup if provided extra water sources. You will find that Crematogaster can explode in population if provided a source of heat (preferably above 25 degrees Celsius), and do especially well when fed large amounts of protein. Overall, these are extremely fast growing ants, and some of the best for beginners.
This product includes both C. lineolata and C. cerasi. Care differences are negligible
Test tube inserts are upgrades to the test tube setups provided. If purchased, they come with a dark hood to lower light levels for the colony, an insert which provides a living space, and a feeding insert to provide food for the colony.
Ungrouted inserts are a blank plastic insert which helps provide a more suitable space for the ants to grip (as opposed to glass tubes), while grouted inserts are bedded with a substrate which helps distribute humidity more evenly throughout the test tube, and helps certain ants create their cocoons more easily. Overall, grouted inserts are more comfortable for the ants.
You will NOT need an insert for colonies in test tubes, but it does help for certain species. IF you are moving the ants into a nest immediately, do NOT get a test tube insert.
Hey! This is a live product. If you are purchasing ants during the winter months, please remember to purchase the "Winter Shipping (Live Guarantee) (72 hour heat pack + 1 inch foam cushion)" in order to guarantee the order.
Just a warning, we will NOT ship live ants into the US unless the receiver has a permit. If such an order is made, it will be refunded, minus a 10% processing fee and restocking fee
This product is from Canada Ant Colony. The full catalogue, including all variants, can be found at https://canada-ant-colony.com