- What's a Test Tube Insert?
- Shipping Conditions
Myrmecocystus testaceus, or the Little Honeypot Ant is the only True honeypot species from Canada. This species requires hot conditions, being only known in Canada from a couple records in the Okanagan desert, and last sighted in 2012. Unfortunately, due to the habitat destruction, it is not a species we collect in the area-- our specimens are collected from Northern California, where the species is much more common.
Honeypot ants are well known for their hanging repletes-- workers with specialized social stomachs hanging off the chamber ceilings. In the wild, honeypot ants farm aphids and collect sugar secretions from galls, and nectar from the various desert flowers, and in particular fruits of the Prickly-Pear cactus. Large volumes of this liquid are stored and consumed during times where food is less abundant.
Although honeypot ants will hunt live insects, they are primarily scavengers, eating dried up and dead insects. Interestingly, some Myrmecocystus are associated with harvester ants, Pogonomyrmex and will collect their dried bodies, presumably as a food source.
Honeypot ants must be reared in nests with overhands-- in particular, nests from Tarheel ants are specially designed for these species.
Being a desert species, these ants should be kept at or above 30 degrees Celsius at around 60% humidity.
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