Brachymyrmex depilis

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Simple description.



Queen Ant
  • Nuptial Flight Time: July - October
  • Founding Type: Fully claustral
  • *gynous: Polygynous, but in captivity, it is best to keep them separate
  • Brood Boostable: Yes, but difficult
  • Hibernation: Required
  • Feeding Requirements: Sugar and protein
  • Nanitics Appear After: 1-5 months (sometimes eggs are not present until spring)
  • Founding Stage Notes: Queens usually wait until after hibernation to lay eggs.



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.


  • Honey
  • Other ants
  • Mealworms
  • Crickets
  • Aphids
  • Springtails


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  • Difficulty: Easy to medium 
  • Typical Colony Size: Average
  • Polymorphic: No
  • Ant Length: 0.5 - 2 mm 
  • Temperament: Calm
  • Suggested Feeding Schedule: Depends on colony size, just standard feeding schedules
  • Hazards: Very small, so you will need a very secure setup. Their small size makes them easy to accidentally injure them while working with. Dry out easily due to thin exoskeleton.
  • Colony Growth Rate: Slow to average
  • Egg To Worker: 1 month
  • Circadian Activity: Nocturnal, mostly underground
  • Recommended Temperature: 70 - 82 F (21 - 27 C)
  • Recommended Humidity: Average 
  • Heating Pad Required: No
  • Can Climb Smooth Surfaces: Yes 
  • When Do Soldiers and Reproductives Appear: 2nd or 3rd year
  • Invasive/Pest: Occasionally
  • Farmers: Yes, of root aphids, but they are not necessary for keeping in captivity
  • Native Location: North America
  • Natural Habitat: All over 
  • Preferred Nesting Medium: Soil
  • Scientific Information:



  • Not as easy as other ants
  • Low maintenance