• Pogonomyrmex barbatus Colony (15+ workers)

    Tar Heel Ants

  • $ 65.00

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    ***This listing includes queens/colonies of Pogonomyrmex barbatus founding colonies that began in 2021.  Tar Heel Ants has all the necessaries permits to bring these ants to our facility in Raleigh, North Carolina as well as to distribute them to their native states from the same location.  


    Pogonomyrmex barbatus is available to ship from Tar Heel Ants to the following states: (we send you the permit with your order) 

    Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, Arkansas


    ***You are Purchasing a colony of Pogonomyrmex barbatus that contains a queen, workers and brood.***

    ****Please do not choose First Class Mail option when selecting shipping options, we will not be able to use this!!!!!***

    Read the following regarding shipping!!!!  Shipping takes place during the first part of the week, typically Monday, Tuesday and again on Saturday.  We do not ship towards the end of the week due to carriers not delivering on Sunday.  Ants are only shipped during weather conditions that are deemed safe for them to survive, so please keep that in mind as you wait on your ants to be mailed.  Each colony must be moved to a shipping container which takes 2-3 days.  Having said this, ants do not ship the same day they are ordered.  Contact us at tarheelants@gmail.com with any other questions regarding shipping.  

    Why buy from Tar Heel Ants?

    -Queens are hand picked from dozens of queens to be the strongest in number of brood and most actively producing queens.

    -Founded in the highest quality settings using our Genesis Inserts

    -Raised on organic Dandelion Seeds and Grass Seeds

    -All shipped colonies are deemed to be in excellent condition at the time of shipping.  

    -Guaranteed Live Arrival - If they arrive in another condition, take a photo of them, and send us an email at tarheelants@gmail.com

    -Package Options Available ---- We use the Mini Hearth as the favorite founding setup but have many more options on our website.  See the Package Queens For Options that include a formicarium and everything else you need to get started with this species.

     *****2021 Queens all have their very own workers and brood piles.  Each Colony ordered on this product page will come with 15+ workers in addition to a brood pile consisting of eggs, larvae, and pupae.


    Species Name: Pogonomyrex barbatus

    Distribution: Western United States and Mexico

    (This informational section is a continuous work in progress as we study, receive feedback, and learn more about these ants)

    Natural Behavior and Habitat: Pogonomyrmex barbatus is a large ant species, over ½” in length for the larger workers and queens and all shipped specimens of this species has a painful sting.  Like other members of the Pogonomyrmex genus, these ants are poor climbers and cannot climb sheer smooth surfaces including acrylic and glass making the stinging ability much easier to avoid (we recommend to not leave the tops of your foraging areas regardless, other animals and insects can enter your habitats and harm your colony). 

    They are aggressive when threatened or disturbed and have the capacity to inflict a painful bite in addition to the sting.  Colonies in the wild can grow to a size of 10,000 workers or larger, and thrive on a diet heavily consisting of grass and other seeds found near their nests.  They do take in protein sources from dead insects and animals as well when available.

    Care Recommendations: Grass seeds, dandelion seeds, and other seeds that are organic or untreated.  Smaller seeds should be offered primarily for founding colonies, and a variety is important if you are unsure if a certain seed is preferred as a food source.  Dandelion seeds and Kentucky Blue Grass Seeds are confirmed, and we will update this page with more information on additional food sources as time goes on.  Fruit flies or small dubia roaches are also recommended in cases where seeds are not available, as they are small food items, high in nutrients, and the trash is easily removed from the nest as well.

    Water is extremely important to these ants.  This is perhaps true more than many other commonly kept ant species with better capabilities of storage inside their larger bodies such as Camponotus and Formica species.  A constant supply of clean drinking water is a must to keep this species thriving.  One of the signs of not enough drinking water is a diminishing or constantly small brood pile.

    Heating these ants with artificial heat sources such as heat cables, lamps, or pads is a must.  A minimum recommended temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 90 or more is acceptable.  At higher temperatures, it is recommended to rotate warm and cooler periods is also recommended (to simulate day and night temperatures).

    Formicaria recommendations for founding colonies are Mini Hearths, Inception Chambers, and other well ventilated formicaria with a substrate coating.  This is important in case of accidental flooding inside their nest.  The seeds they store must be kept dry constantly or they will spoil.

    These ants can experience a normal diapause, or they can also be kept warm year-round.  Much of the species primary habitat is in areas of the Southern U.S. and Mexico with extremely mild winters. 

    Is there a Warranty?

    Warranty:  The delivery of these ants alive is guaranteed.  Having said that, you are expected to make arrangements to be available to receive your ants if the temperature is too warm or too cold on the day of arrival.    If there is any problem with delivery you must contact us immediately by email or phone.  After the ants arrive we cannot guarantee their survival but have prepared recommendations and care sheet to aid in care for your new ant colony.  Email us at tarheelants@gmail.com with comments or questions.

    If your queen does not arrive alive please be prepared to provide evidence (unfortunately this is required for replacement) and answer a few short questions so we can try to understand what may have gone wrong during shipping.  Problems are very rare but when they do occur contact us by email or phone (919) 348-3642.

    How are they shipped? 

    There are several layers of protection to help protect your queen(s) during shipping.  In all cases they are shipped inside our proprietary genesis inserts to keep them safe from drowning and protect their brood during shipping.   During warm conditions we will ship them ice packs.  They come inside a puncture resistant tube as well.


    Additional Information:

    NOTE: When ordering two or more colonies, these colonies arrive in separate containers and should not be combined at any time.  These ants generally do not accept nestmates or queens from other colonies of this species (or new queens)!!!


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