Aphaenogaster occidentalis

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Simple description.

 

Queen[edit]

Queen Ant
  • Nuptial Flight Time : Spring and Fall. Queens can be observed to fly in April and May, as well as October.
  • Founding Type
  • *gynous : Polygynous
  • Brood Boostable : Yes
  • Hibernation : Depends on climate. Some colonies do not have to hibernate in warmer areas.
  • Feeding Requirements : These ants eat mostly protein and are less open to sugary foods. They are open to small bits of fruit once in a while.
  • Nanitics Appear After :1.5-2 months
  • Founding Stage Notes: Fully claustral

 

Food[edit]

Every ant, even from same species may be temperamental to certain foods. Trial and error is best way to figure out she will eat. Compiled below is a list of likes and dislikes for this particular species.

 

Likes[edit]

  • Crickets
  • Meal worms
  • Fruit flies
  • Apple
  • Nectarine
  • Egg yolk
  • Cake
  • Small Flies

 

Dislikes[edit]

  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Sunburst Ant Nectar

 

Colony[edit]

  • Difficulty : Beginner
  • Typical Colony Size : 750+ workers
  • Polymorphic : Yes
  • Ant Length
    • Nanitics: 2mm
    • Minors/Smaller Workers: 3-4mm
    • Larger workers/Majors: up to 6mm
  • Temperament :
  • Suggested Feeding Schedule : Daily or ever other day
  • Hazards :
  • Colony Growth Rate : medium
  • Egg To Worker :
  • Circadian Activity : Diurnal
  • Recommended Temperature : Room Temperature
  • Recommended Humidity :
  • Heating Pad Required : No
  • Can Climb Smooth Surfaces : Yes
  • When To Expand : Can be kept in 1-2 
  • When Do Soldiers and Reproductives Appear :
  • Invasive/Pest :
  • Farmers :
  • Native Location :
  • Natural Habitat :
  • Preferred Nesting Medium :
  • Scientific Information: antwiki.org

 

Notes[edit]

  • Great starter colony
  • Low maintenance

 

 

Images[edit]