Aphaenogaster picea (Pitch-Black Collared Ant)
Aphaenogaster picea (Pitch-Black Collared Ant)
Aphaenogaster picea (Pitch-Black Collared Ant)
Aphaenogaster picea (Pitch-Black Collared Ant)
Aphaenogaster picea (Pitch-Black Collared Ant) - Canada Ant Colony
Aphaenogaster picea (Pitch-Black Collared Ant) - Canada Ant Colony
Aphaenogaster picea (Pitch-Black Collared Ant) - Canada Ant Colony
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Aphaenogaster picea (Pitch-Black Collared Ant)

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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.

For the sake of ease of navigation, we've also included Aphaenogaster rudis within this product. Message us if you want a particular species

Arguably the most popular flower in Ontario is the white trillium, and it's a shame that Aphaenogaster picea, the Pitch-Black Collared Ant isn't just as popular, since it's a species which maintains a close relationship with province flower. Aphaenogaster picea is an arboreal species that aids forests and woods in seed dispersal. Trilliums, and many other plants, like bloodroot and bleeding hearts, will grow seeds with 'elaiosomes'. which are fatty structures made to attract these ants. Once an Aphaenogaster picea worker stumbles upon it, it carries the seed down into the nest, where it begins growing into a new plant. These ants have a dark red/brown coloration, and are separated from other Aphaenogaster by yellow tips on their antennae.

They do best under 30-50% humidity and 24-27 degrees Celsius. They do best with a substrate as they have no social stomach and need something to soak up liquids. Workers are 4-6mm while queens are 7-8mm. Although relatively slow-growing, they do considerably better in groups and when fed lots of insect protein

These queens are captive bred, and we can guarantee their fertility

 Wild pictures come from Max Hike :) Follow him on Instagram at @maxhikephotography

What's a test tube insert?

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.

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

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