Harvester Ant Queen Care

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StormDancer
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Harvester Ant Queen Care

Post: # 36317Post StormDancer
Thu May 24, 2018 4:25 pm

So I understand that harvester ant queens are a little difficult to get started. There are large populations of them in my area. My question is how do you successfully care for these queens? Specifically novomessor and pogonomyrmex.
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Re: Harvester Ant Queen Care

Post: # 36734Post AntNoobster
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:07 am

StormDancer wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 4:25 pm
So I understand that harvester ant queens are a little difficult to get started. There are large populations of them in my area. My question is how do you successfully care for these queens? Specifically novomessor and pogonomyrmex.
just a test tube should be fine. They arent too hard to get started. once you get quite a few workers you might need some seeds since they like to forage for seeds
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Re: Harvester Ant Queen Care

Post: # 36738Post Batspiderfish
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:17 am

Most Pogonomyrmex are semi-claustral. Even though they are called harvester ants, it might be more sensible to feed them insects, at least until the colony gets rolling.
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Re: Harvester Ant Queen Care

Post: # 36739Post StormDancer
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:39 am

Thank you! Any other advice is appreciated ☺
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