Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis

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Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis

Post: # 54723Post CaptainAnt2005
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:39 am

Does anyone know if these ants sting? I have seen tons of these wild colonies in my area and they seem like a good species to keep.
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Re: Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis

Post: # 54730Post ooper01
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:32 pm

CaptainAnt2005 wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:39 am
Does anyone know if these ants sting? I have seen tons of these wild colonies in my area and they seem like a good species to keep.
Yes they sting. And it is somewhat painful ;) I have been stung several times by these girls. As you have deduced, they are a good species to keep though. I have a four year old colony that is doing great. They are pretty easy to care for as they are primarily seed eaters. I feed them crushed grain (that I feed to my chickens) and that's pretty much it. I've tried other things, but they like the crushed grains the best.

I have noticed that they prefer a soil formicarium as they love to dig. What are your thoughts for a formicarium?
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