- What's a Test Tube Insert?
- Shipping Conditions
For ease of navigation, this product includes Formica pallidefulva as well
A goldenrod sways in the wind as a herd of treehopper nymphs are herded under the lead by two ants, one brown, and one orangey red. They protect the treehoppers and in return, receive honeydew, a sugary waste product from the treehopper's sap draining activities. A Lasius worker crawls up in an attempt to get a sip of honeydew, but meets only the Formica worker with her jaws wide open and prepared to fight.
Formica incerta, like most ants, has no English Name. Many people find it difficult to memorize the scientific names, so we've provided "Uncertain Field Ant" as a direct translation.
This species is one which builds small, conical mounds with colonies boasting several dozen queens and thousands of workers. They survey drier soils, since they are frequently driven out by larger mound-building Field Ants. Thus, while active and aggressive in sandier soils, defending food sources from other ants, they are often more timid and skittish from more humid areas.
In the wild, Formica incerta are hosts of many parasites, including Formica pergandei and the Clear Amazon Ant, Polyergus lucidus.
Formica incerta are similar to your average Formica in Canada, but have a much lighter body and are less aggressive. These are large, brownish ants at queens from 8-12 mm and workers from 6-9mm. They grow large colonies up to 5000 workers in just 3 years. They prefer 22-26 Celsius and like around 50% humidity. They're more skittish than most ants, and so are of medium difficulty to start, but are extremely enthusiatic 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, though Formica incerta seem more peaceful than other varieties. We get just a few of these each year, but nonetheless are a wonderful species.
Colours are varied, ranging from a bronze to a red.
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.
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.
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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