Caught a Harvester Ant Queen.

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Caught a Harvester Ant Queen.

Post: # 37051Post SirKyle
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:56 am

I've been trying to start a Harvester Ant colony for years but something always seems to mess it up. Last year I tried raising them the test tube method only to discover it doesn't work on them.

So this year I caught a new queen and am trying to get her to found a colony. What's the best thing to keep her in? Would a test tube work if it had a little dirt in it? Or does she really need to be in the ground?

Any tips on Harvester ant rearing would be very much appreciated.

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Re: Caught a Harvester Ant Queen.

Post: # 37053Post Cerbenix
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:09 am

First time hearing that harvester ants cant be raised in a test tube. I had 2 messor barbarus queens both in test tubes. The one that I moved to proper nest is the one that died unfortunately but the other one I kept in the test tube and shes doing fine, pumping out brood like a champ.

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Re: Caught a Harvester Ant Queen.

Post: # 37062Post SirKyle
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:56 am

Last year I caught two...I think Pogonomyrmex californicus queens. One had a few eggs by the time I got a test tube to put her in. After I put her in the tube, she ate the eggs and never laid anymore. Neither of them did and both eventually died. I asked on one of the ant Canada videos and was told they just don't like test tubes.

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Re: Caught a Harvester Ant Queen.

Post: # 37075Post Batspiderfish
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:22 pm

Plenty of people have raised Pogonomyrmex in test tubes, just most of them are semi-claustral and mustn't be sealed inside.
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Re: Caught a Harvester Ant Queen.

Post: # 40781Post Cheesefish77
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:06 pm

I placed my queen into a plastic container half filled with slightly damp soil, and she took to it quite well, digging a nest and occasionally emerging to dig or grab a seed.
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