- What's a Test Tube Insert?
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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 ;)
A lone small black worker with an orange thorax peaks its head out of the nest entrance. A black streak races by, surely a larger fusca-group Formica, and the small worker ducks back into the nest. Taking a few more brave steps, to the nest entrance, a red streak follows the black, perhaps a sanguinea-group Formica. This time, the small black worker runs back in and starts blocking off the entrance. Sanguniea-group Formica are slave-raiding species, and Formica limata is often the slave.
Formica limata is a species in the Formica neogagates group, which separate themselves from other Formica with their smaller size, more timid behaviour, and tendency to have colonies with many, many queens. In captivity, however, they seem to learn to be more aggressive in the absence of their larger counterparts. Formica limata is peculiar in that it starts out with black workers, and newer workers have orange thoraxes after several generations. We're able to sell polygynous colonies of this species on request.
Formica limata are again an ant that has no English Name. We've simply used a more-or-less direct translation to make it easier for people.
Formica limata are a small variety of Formica which live in throughout Canada. These are the smallest of Formica with queens from 7-8 mm and workers from 5-7mm. They grow large colonies up to 3000 workers in just 3 years. They prefer 22-26 Celsius and like around 50% humidity, though there is slight variation across species. They're more skittish than most ants, and so are of medium difficulty to start, but are extremely enthusiastic and fast growing once they break 50 workers. In the wild, Formica are some of the most dominant ants, hunting down other species and consuming large amounts of biomass. We get many of these each year, though the numbers are variable.
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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