Pheidole megacephala - keeping UK invasive?

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Pheidole megacephala - keeping UK invasive?

Post: # 68355Post OrcsMustFly
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:07 am

Hello peeps, I live in the UK and am trying to research into an interesting species to keep once I finally have experience whenever Queen Nigella, my lasius niger ant, finally has a successful year hatching of eggs.

My ultimate dream species is Carebara diversa, however unfortunately, it seems I will never get to eventually try keeping this species because of different nativity and the prohibition of importing live species.

However the next best thing is pheidole megacephala which I have read is invasive but present in my country. So my main question now is:
Would it be worth trying to keep these species, or is it a bad idea considering the invasive nature of this species?

Thanks you my new family for your input! :D

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Re: Pheidole megacephala - keeping UK invasive?

Post: # 69290Post Formicarufa
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:20 pm

If you can find a wild queen and you don’t release them I think that it is ok

I discourage keeping invasive ants

Do not buy the ants online as it could be fuelling an illegal and dangerous pet trade

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