Ponera pennsylvanica

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Simple description.

 

 

Queen[edit]

Queen Ant
  • Nuptial Flight Time : August-October
  • Founding Type : semi-claustral
  • *gynous : polygynous
  • Brood Boostable : yes
  • Hibernation : required
  • Feeding Requirements : protein, however, sugar is rarely needed for these ants.
  • Nanitics Appear After : 2-3 months
  • Founding Stage Notes: feed weekly

 

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]

  • aphids
  • springtails
  • pinhead crickets
  • other small ants
  • raw chicken
  • diplurans
  • egg yolk
  • fruit flies
  • sugar water (occasionally)

Dislikes[edit]

  • ?

 

 

Colony[edit]

  • Difficulty : medium
  • Typical Colony Size : 10-100 workers
  • Polymorphic : No
  • Ant Length : 3-5 mm
  • Temperament : calm
  • Suggested Feeding Schedule : weekly
  • Hazards : improper humidity, improper setup, and not feeding correctly
  • Colony Growth Rate : very slow
  • Egg To Worker : 2-3 months
  • Circadian Activity : mostly nocturnal
  • Recommended Temperature : 72-82 F (22 - 27 C)
  • Recommended Humidity : average
  • Heating Pad Required : Depends
  • Can Climb Smooth Surfaces : No
  • When To Expand : 10+ workers
  • When Do Soldiers and Reproductives Appear : 2nd year
  • Invasive/Pest : usually not
  • Farmers : No
  • Native Location : North America
  • Natural Habitat : can be found under stones and dead logs in forests and under stones in fields
  • Preferred Nesting Medium : wood or soil
  • Scientific Information: antwiki.org

 

 

Notes[edit]

  • not recommended as a starter
  • Low maintenance
  • practically needs a natural setup
  • colonies can merge easily, this will lead to fights but will settle down eventually

 

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