• Pogonomyrmex occidentalis Colonies (60+ workers)

    Tar Heel Ants

  • $ 132.00

  • Description

    PLEASE NOTE: These Colonies Come With The Original Queen.  These Colonies Have Not Been Boosted With Workers From Other Colonies.

    Shipping Inside the Continental U.S. Only

    ***California Residents Require a  Simple And Easy-To-Get Permit (See Below)***

    ***Cannot Ship to Florida***


    The quantity of workers in this colony is estimated.  We have separated them into groups for the remainder Summer based on number of workers.  

    Formicaria Recommendations For Pogonomyrmex occidentalis:

    Mini Hearth XL


    Labyrinth or Mini Labyrinth

    Fortress Type III

    Fallen Fortress



      • Formicaria recommendations:  These colonies are too large for the Mini Hearth Standard Size.  A Mini Hearth XL, Fortress Type III, Fallen Fortress Type III, Casita, Atrium, Labyrinth or Palladium Formicarium are our recommendations on designs best suited for viewing and caring for these ants.  Head over to the Ready-To-Ship (click to be taken to these pages) pages and pick out your formicarium from the products there in order to receive your ants sooner.  If you choose a custom formicarium (designing your own, choosing colors, decor options etc.) it will delay the shipment of your ants until your formicarium is completed.

      Shipping Information:

      Shipping is only being done when weather conditions are acceptable for the two-day travel time.  It must be a forecast period well above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for the entire shipping time.  Please email us for questions about ordering!  tarheelants@gmail.com.  We do not ship every day, so if you order today the colony will ship on the next available date (depends on volume, day of the week, and other factors).  Please email us with questions.

      • Any orders received that require ants to be shipped to a location we cannot legally ship to (outside of the continential U.S.) will be immediately cancelled and refunded.
      •   Additions to your order that require additional time to complete may extend your order time.  Weather plays a very important factor in our ability to ship live ants.  Please make sure you plan on being home the day of delivery or use the tracking number we emailed you to keep updated on when your package is delivered.


      Recommended product for this order (these ants require additional heating) : 

      Zoo Med Heating Cable 

      Dandelion Seeds

      Kentucky Blue Grass Seeds



      Shipping and other information 

      These ants are shipped in test tubes inside a puncture resistant container to prevent damage during transport.   The ants are shipped with plenty of food inside the tube for them to have a supply of 1-2 weeks or more after arrival.  It is best to move them out of the test tube without using it is a long-term habitat in order to properly heat and feed the ants without causing potential harm to them (or yourself as they do sting) during maintenance. The Pogonomyrmex occidentalis Care Guide Page is posted on our website under the Guides heading.  Also, a small seed packet (1-2 month supply approximately) is sent with your colony


      Further Information 

      As of August 9th, 2019 Pogonomyrmex occidentalis, aka "western harvester ant"  became the first species of ant deregulated by the USDA for transport across state lines inside the contiguous U.S. states. More information on this can be found by clicking here.

      Pogonomyrmex occidentalis colonies sold through this page are hand-picked from our stock daily (rotated up and down daily from the top 25%).  We have a large number of queens we are raising and are working constantly improving techniques to raise these ants.  By following some specific guidelines for maintenance and care (seeds, heating during growth season, etc.) these ants can turn into thriving pet ant colonies.



      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.  We have put significant time and energy into putting together advice on how to best raise them so please read the PDF thoroughly.  Email us at tarheelants@gmail.com with comments or questions.

      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.


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