This species is definitely not for beginners-- it's one of the more primitive species of ants, and this can be observed by it's almost wasp-like sting. It's not that they're therefore hard to keep, but rather that they are kept differently from other species. Ponera, ideally, should be kept in a moist test tube with a substrate like coco fiber or a soil, and be fed springtails daily. However, I have seen them take to Confused Flour Beetle Larvae very well. If done properly, these ants will not be quite so difficult as reputed to be, though their colonies usually remain small, rarely surpassing a few hundred workers.
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