UPDATE: As of 9/3/20 queens now have workers with them. During shipping this helps the safe arrival of your ant colony. New nanitic workers are eclosing daily. These are usually sold as either 1-5 workers or 10+ currently, but as time goes on this number will increase. Larvae and Pupae are included in the shipment as part of the brood pile.
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 (by far their most preferred founding stage seed)
-Did we already say hand-picked from many queens available? This needs to be emphasized. It means you are ordering a Pogonomyrmex occidentalis queen (and young colony or brood) that is considered in excellent condition at the time of shipping.
-Guaranteed Live Arrival
-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.
Seed Boost (Optional)
Mini Hearth or Mini Hearth XL (We have a stock of these on hand waiting to be painted and decorated according to your specifications). These are either standard or "Pogo style", which is a two chamber Mini Hearth Version. This two-chamber version is intended to keep the queens calm during maintenance and observation (these ants are alarmed by vibrations).
For larger colonies, we recommend the XL, Fallen Fortress, Mini Labyrinth, Fortress, or Palladium habitats.
Nestmate Additions 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 (unless choosing for us to do this for you by selecting the appropriate option) as follows:
- 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
White Sand Foraging Area,No Decor
Mini Hearth 2
Vermiculite Substrate, Rocks Only
2020 Queens all have their very own workers and brood piles. Each Colony ordered on this product page will come with 1-5 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 email@example.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.
NOTE: When ordering two colonies, these colonies arrive in separate containers and should not be combined at any time.
California permit links:
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or fax it to 916-654-1018.