These ants come in vials with a hydrostone base to better simulate their founding chambers. Please hydrate the hydrostone accordingly with a pipette. I personally hydrate the base weekly with 2/3 drops of water when kept in my incubator. Please note that these species are extremely sensitive and are only sent with the quickest delivery option and need to be kept in the perfect conditions for the best chance at founding a successful colony.
About Myrmecocystus mimicus
American Species- Honey pots
Temperature: Nest 26- 32°C Outworld 25- 35°C
Humidity: Nest 75- 85% Outworld 50- 90%
Hibernation: Yes, From early December to early March at 15°c.
Ease them into hibernation for a couple of weeks by gently dropping the temps by a couple of degrees every few days so they can prepare. Cutting the food supply will help speed up the preparation.
Diet: Water (at all times). Carbohydrates- like honey water/ sugar water or other. Protein- like fresh-killed insects or other.
Colony form: Polygyne (Multiple queens per colony) Average 10,000 per single Queen colony.
Founding Queen: Claustral (without feeding)
Nest type: Honey pot ants need a specific nest type to flourish. They need a high ceiling to hang their repletes from and do not do well on smooth surfaces. Contact AntBoyUK on Facebook HERE for a specifically designed nest for honey pots that are made to order. TarHeelAnts also have nests suitable for honey pots or take on the challenge for building one yourself.
Sizes: Approx: Queen- 8- 9mm/ Worker- 3- 6mm
Bite/ Sting/ Formic acid: N/A
Description: Myrmecocystus mimicus are a desert species from America. They're a very unique species of ant due to the way they produce repletes which are workers that are used as food storage. They fill their gasters up to a grape-like size with carbohydrates and hang upside down from the ceiling of their nest. This species of Myrmecocystus can have multiple queens per colony. Please watch out for aggression towards a Queen when workers are born. They're an aggressive species. They can be slow-growing in the founding stages but soon pick up the pace as they mature. Myrmecocystus do not like vibrations.
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