- What's a Test Tube Insert?
- Shipping Conditions
THIS SPECIES IS POLYGYNOUS, AND COLONIES CAN HAVE MANY QUEENS, BUYING MULTIPLE QUEENS IS ADVISED FOR TO SPEED UP GROWTH OF THE COLONY
Temnothorax rugatulus, also known as the rugged acorn ant is a small ant that lives throughout western North America. They vary greatly in colour, and have small colonies of up to 200 workers. They are fairly easy to keep, but have small workers and frequent, small feedings- perfect for office desk colonies. Queens of this species are generally 4-5 mm, while workers can be 2-4 mm. Temnothorax rugatulus appear to have a strong ability to maintain internal food storage-- colonies can survive up to 8 months without food. Nonetheless, they are a voracious eater and should be fed frequently. Colonies typically start with a single large queen, called a macrogyne, and accept smaller queens, called microgynes into the nest to form multi-queen colonies.
Their recommended temperature is 25-28 degrees Celsius while their recommended humidity levels are 60-70%.
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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