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Forelius pruinosus, the High Noon Ant is a hardy ant which lives in sandy soils in large colonies with many queens. Rather than being a single species, Forelius pruinosus is not a single species, but rather a complex of closely related species. I took some creative liberties in the naming, please don't make fun of me (I tried to continue on the "High Noon" motif :(
Forelius pruinosus 'Sunburnt' has an orange head and thorax and a grey abdomen with silver hairs.
Photos from Luca Hakase, unfortunately we only had a dead specimen on hand
|Scientific Name:||Forelius pruinosus|
|Common Name:||High Noon Ant|
|Taxonomy:||Kingdom: Animalia | Phylum: Arthopoda | Class: Insecta | Order: Hymenoptera | Family: Formicidae | Subfamily: Dolichoderinae | Genus: Forelius | Species: F. pruinosus|
|Care Difficulty:||Forelius pruinosus is a beginner level ant species.|
|Distribution:||This species is widespread throughout Noth America with a few records in some countries of South America. More specifically, this species can be found in Canada, USA, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Here in Canada this species can only be found in Ontario. This species is usually only found in the most southren parts of Ontario such as Pelee and Pinery.|
|Habitat:||This species does well in arid conditions. In the wild, colonies will be able to thrive in hot and dry conditions. Colonies can be found nesting in almost anywhere, but preferably open areas such as fields and mealdows.|
|Colony form:||Colonies are polygynous meaning that they can have multiple queens per colony.|
|Queen:||Queens of this species are 5-6 mm in size.|
|Worker:||Workers of this species are 1.8-2.5 mm in size.|
|Soldier:||Forelius pruinosus does not produce any soldier castes.|
|Males:||There are no recorded sizes. Males are relatively the same size as a worker.|
|Nutrition:||Forelius pruinosus does not require any special diet. They will easily take most carbohydrates without issue, this includes: honey, sugar water, honey water, and sunburst ant nectar. When it comes to proteins, Forelius pruinosus will take most protein sources, this incluides fruit flies, crickets, mealworms, superworms, surinam roaches, and discoid roaches.|
|Air humidity:||Forelius pruinosus is a dry loving species meaning that can they do fine with very little humidity. This species can be kept at 20-50% humidity.|
|Temperature:||Anywhere from 20-35C is good for this species. Although they are good at surviving high tempratures, it's not recommended to keep them above 35C. For optimal contions it's recommended to keep them at 27-30C for the fastest growth rate.|
|Hibernation:||Hibernation can be done but is not recommended.|
|Nesting Habits:||Nests are often made in exposed soil. Colonies can also be found under cover such as rocks, logs, etc.|
|Kind of Formicaria:||Most formicaria listed on Canada ant colony will work fine for Forelius pruinosus. It is not recommended to keep them in wood nests. Any Tarheel ants formicarium will be able to house Forelius pruinosus|
|Formicaria size:||It is recommended to buy a formicarium a bit larger than your current colony size. Colonies of this species will be able to get large enough to fill multiple formicaria.|
|Description:||Forelius pruinosus is an awesome species for a new ant keeper looking to get something polygynous, fast growing, colourful, and entertaining. If given enough space in the outworld colonies will form long foraging trails.|
|Development:||This species has been recorded to fly during May, June. July, and August .|
Forelius pruinosus 'Midnight': Queen, Queen + 1-5 workers, Queen + 5-10 workers, Queen + 10-25 workers, Queen + 25-50 workers, Queen + 50-100 workers.
Forelius pruinosus 'Ghost': Queen, Queen + 1-5 workers, Queen + 5-10 workers, Queen + 10-25 workers, Queen + 25-50 workers, Queen + 50-100 workers.
Forelius pruinosus 'Twilight': Queen, Queen + 1-5 workers, Queen + 5-10 workers, Queen + 10-25 workers, Queen + 25-50 workers, Queen + 50-100 workers.
Forelius pruinosus 'Sunburnt': Queen, Queen + 1-5 workers, Queen + 5-10 workers, Queen + 10-25 workers, Queen + 25-50 workers, Queen + 50-100 workers.
Forelius pruinosus 'Sunbeam': Queen, Queen + 1-5 workers, Queen + 5-10 workers, Queen + 10-25 workers, Queen + 25-50 workers, Queen + 50-100 workers.
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.
This species comes from more tropical areas than Canada, and are not cold-tolerant. Thus, we will not ship them in the winter
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