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Formica bradleyi (Bradley's Field Ant) - Canada Ant Colony

Formica bradleyi (Bradley's Field Ant)

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This species is often somewhat supercolonial, and I have had experience combining colonies of this species in the past. However, no promises ;)

I'm not sure this needs a description. Formica bradleyi are one of my favourite species, and one I've wanted all my ant-keeping career. They are a desert species, and in the wild are often found nesting along prickly pear cactuses in sandy areas. In fact, they're one of the only species which only inhabits a single type of soil. The colours are super bright, and I would say the attached picture actually is a bit too dark to be accurate. According to the Kansas Entomological Society, they're even the "most beautiful species" of Formica. They're also really hardy-- I've kept a colony going for 3 generations off of byFormica Sunburst alone.

Formica bradleyi is without a doubt one of the most stunning and large species in the whole of Canada! This brightly colored ant nests in sandy soils and likes warmer temperatures up to 29 degrees Celsius with relatively low humidity at 30-60%. They're fairly rare too, and we're proud to be able to sell them here at Canada Ant Colony!

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.

Live Guarantee Policy

If live insects arrive cold or flooded please handle with care. Many of these colonies typically pop back up within a few hours. All DOA claims must be made within 24 hours after receiving your insects. Any order with a unacceptable mortality rate, but with a viable colony (e.g. less workers than in the range advertised, less queens or workers than advertised) can be compensated with store credit equal to the loss of value in the shipment, including shipping and extra packaging. Any order with DOAs, but which do not fall out of the initially advertised/promised range of workers will NOT be compensated.

DOA claims which are a total loss will be re-shipped 1 more time FREE of charge with photographic evidence. Orders where shipping is more than 30% of the total value of the order will be refunded proportionally to the loss of value in the shipment, INCLUDING test tube inserts which are purchased with the colony.

We guarantee live arrival on Xpresspost and priority shipments, as well as pickup and local delivery. Only orders that are accepted on the first delivery attempt will be eligible for DOA credit, no exceptions.

Live guarantee is VOID if you choose expedited shipping. In the winter, it is VOID if no extra packing is purchased. Fertility guarantee claims or live guarantee claims made within the month after arrival must be made with a timestamped photo of BOTH the queen alive upon arrival AND a timestamped photo of the dead specimens.

Expedited shipping can be a budget friendly method but does not always have the best results. If your order is going to be in transit more than 3 business days please do not choose this method or choose at your own risk.


Please note that orders to outdoor community mail boxes, or other outdoor locations void our live guarantee. If your address consists of an outdoor mail box or location, please make arrangements to have the order delivered to a friends house, or to your place of employment.

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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