Pheidole are a small ant species, they don’t need a great deal of space and can be kept in some of the smaller ant habitats. The colonies are one of few European species which develop both worker and solider ant types.
Pheidole pallidula Species Details:
Queen: 7-8mm, yellow/red/brown
Workers: 1.5 – 2.5 mm yellow/red/brown
Soldiers: 3 – 5 mm yellow/red/brown
Nests: Nests in the ground, commom under stones
Nutrition: Honeywater, insects e.g. crickets and flour worms
Temperature: Room temperature – could hibernate in unheated rooms
Live Arrival Guarantee:
We guarantee live arrival on all livestock (applies to Queens only for colonies, not workers). A replacement will be sent should livestock fail to survive the journey. Please note that the guarantee is only valid for UK and Ireland deliveries, orders outside these destinations are at the customers own risk.
Once you have received your livestock Ants Unearthed (Edu-Sci Ltd) will offer a replacement should livestock perish within 24 hours of arrival. After this initial period we are unable to replace any insects which may perish due to us having no control over the environmental conditions in with the insects are being kept. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to ensure they have undertaken enough research to be able to look after the insects properly and provide them with the correct conditions. By purchasing from us you are agreeing to these terms of trade.
A care sheet is available below, please note that this only covers basic aspects of ant care. Following it does not guarantee success and further research should be undertaken.
Ant Care Sheet
Feeding your ants
Ants feed on a wide variety of foods. Sugar and nectars are required by the adult ants and protein is needed for the ant larvae to develop. A varied diet should be provided and old food should be removed before mould develops.
Sugar, Honey, Jam, Nectar, Protein Jelly, Worms, Shrimp, Flies, Caterpillars, Crickets, Snails, Meal Worms
Housing your ants
Native ants such as Black, Red and Meadow species do no need heated habitats and can be kept at room temperature. Habitats are usually made of plastic or glass and should be 2/3rds filled with a sand loam mixture. The sand should be regularly dampened to ensure the nest structure holds together. Nest tanks of 10cm x 20cm can house a colony for 2-3 years, additional tanks can be connected as the colony grows.
Hints and Tips
Keep your ants out of direct sunlight to avoid over-heating
Feed your ants every 2-3 days
Do Not mix ants from different colonies as the ants will fight
Do not tap the ant habitat as you could cause the nest to collapse
Be patient, colonies take time to grow and establish themselves
If the temperature becomes low during Autumn ant may enter hibernation until the spring.
Gel habitats are not suitable for UK and species
Do further reading and research on ants. This is only a guide to the basics.
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