- What's a Test Tube Insert?
- Shipping Conditions
WARNING: THESE ANTS ARE NOT FOR BEGINNERS. COLONIES SHOULD ONLY BE PURCHASED IF YOU CAN PERIODICALLY SUPPLY THE COLONY WITH FORMICA PUPAE.
Polyergus mexicanus is the most common slave making ant in north america, and can be found throughout the western half of the continent.
They are obligate slave raiders that cannot perform nessecary tasks such as brood care, foraging or even feeding themselves. Their only goal is to steal the pupae of formica species which they will raise as their slaves
. Polyergus colonies can grow very large, having over 1500 workers and 6000 slaves. Giving the colony more slaves increases their growth speed and is overall healthier for the colony.
In captivity, polyergus are easier than most social parasites to get past the founding stage, as they aren't usually prone to sudden deaths. However, they require large amounts Formica pupae to sustain regularly in captivity
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