• Pogonomyrmex occidentalis Colony (20+ workers)(Mini Hearth Bundle)

    Tar Heel Ants

  • $ 101.99

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  • Description

    ***This listing includes queens/colonies of Pogonomyrmex occidentalis found in 2022.  The larger colonies found on our website were founded in 2020-2021 and are older, will grow faster, and have more workers.

    ***This Bundle Package consists of an ant colony (named in the title) and a Mini Hearth formicarium.  Please use the options to modify your package.***

    ***You are Purchasing a colony of Pogonomyrmex occidentalis that contains a queen, minimum of 10+ workers and brood piles consisting of eggs, larvae, and pupae.***

    Read the following!!!!  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 specialized founding habitats; Genesis test tube Insert system for feeding and maintenance.

    -Raised on organic Dandelion Seeds (by far their most preferred founding stage seed)

    -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.

    Options Available:

    Seed Boost (Optional)

    Mini Hearth or Mini Hearth XL Mini Hearth is standard size, the XL is an additional $10.  The XL would give you a few more months of growing time and an additional nestmate.  All the Mini Hearth connect to each other with magnets.

    For larger colonies, we recommend the XL, Fallen Fortress, Mini Labyrinth, Fortress, or Palladium habitats.

    Heating Cable

    Nestmate Additions This species of ant is notorious for clogging up water sources, this option includes two additional nestmates and a stopper for switching them out quickly.  Cleaning once every two weeks with hot water is recommended. 



    For all Mini Hearths, please detail your specifications in the comments field during checkout as follows:

    • Color
    • Decor Style and Color of Substrate
    • Glass Type
    • Any Additional requests (Glow Material Excluded From Free Options)

    Click this link to see Mini Hearth Options and Explanations

    Example Comment Field Entry:

    Mini Hearth 1

    Light Blue

    White Sand Foraging Area,No Decor

    Standard Glass

    Mini Hearth 2


    Vermiculite Substrate, Rocks Only

    Museum Glass



    2022 Queens all have their very own workers and brood piles.  Each Colony ordered on this product page will come with 2-5 workers in addition to a brood pile consisting of eggs, larvae, and pupae.

    Who can order them?

    All lower 48 states (except Florida).  California requires a permit but this is easy to obtain and usually only a few days turnaround time(see below for links and more information).

    What comes in the package? With each queen comes a small supply of seeds (our choice of Kentucky Blue Grass, Dandelion, Chia, and others), a test tube and insert, and packaging materials.  Options are available below for habitat and other accessories.

    What is the care for this ant species?

    The following guide was written to answer many questions on how to care for them.  There are three basic principles covered.  Food consists mainly of seeds.  The recommended heat sources are those used for reptiles such as a heating cable or reptile heating pad.  A heat lamp can also work when carefully positioned with a thermometer as a guide.   The habitat must provide high humidity and constant drinking water (we recommend the Mini Hearth or Mini Hearth XL as a founding habitat).


    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 a guide and a couple of videos to serve as tutorials to aid in getting your queen and colony setup properly  We have put significant time and energy into putting together advice on how to best raise them so please read this PDF thoroughly.  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.

    California permit links:
     Email us at tarheelants@gmail.com on more information how to apply for this permit.  This permit is being granted FAST, most times within 1-2 days.  The link to the page to apply this permit is below.
     NOTE:If you are unable to complete a digital signature, you may print the application and either scan and email the signed form to permits@cdfa.ca.gov or fax it to 916-654-1018.


Pogonomyrmex occidentalis Colony (20+ workers)(Mini Hearth Bundle)

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