- What's a Test Tube Insert?
- Shipping Conditions
Lasius aphidicola is the North American version of the European Lasius umbratus. Being a Lasius social parasite, these queens require host workers to start colonies. The queens lay their own eggs which are cared for by the host workers until the hosts are slowly replaced by the parasitic workers. The workers of Lasius aphidcolus are a reddish-orange, and though subterranean in the wild, can forage well in captivity. This species does well with higher levels of humidity 60-80% in order to simulate their natural subterranean habitat.
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.
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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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