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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.
What's a test tube insert?
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.
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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