Lasius murphyi (Murphy's Citronella Ant) - Canada Ant Colony
Lasius murphyi (Murphy's Citronella Ant) - Canada Ant Colony

Lasius murphyi (Murphy's Citronella Ant)

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Lasius murphyi has likely never been succesfully raised in captivity before, so please consider the risks before having a try.

Lasius murphyi is part of the subgenus Acanthomyops, or citronella ants. these ants are characterized by the citronella smell they produce when distubred, as well as their subterranean habits. Members of Acanthomyops are yellow-orange, have small eyes, and farm root aphids. However, they also seem to be able to accept the same food as other ant species. Members of this group are seldom reared successfully, but they can otherwise be founded the same way as other parasitic Lasius. These ants are not for beginners. Lasius murphyi are noted for their strange-looking queens, but their workers look similar to other Acanthomyops Lasius.

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

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