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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
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