Like most fungus-growing ants, the distribution of T. septentrionalis is locally patchy. In part, this may be a consequence of the distribution of suitable soils. In the northern part of its range, T. septentrionalis occurs exclusively on pure sand soils in open habitats and open woodlands of the Pine Barrens. In the southern US, T. septentrionalis is abundant in a wide variety of similar oak and pine dominated habitat types, all characterized by very sandy soils and light (if any) shade. It has also occasionally been found nesting in sandy clay soils in well-developed forests with considerable shade, particularly in the southern part of its range.
- Nuptial Flight Time : May-July depending on region
- Founding Type : Semi-Claustral
- *gynous : Polygynous
- Brood Boostable : Yes
- Hibernation : Depends on region, if there's temperature under 50 degrees F, they will
- Feeding Requirements : As often as you want fungus growth
- Nanitics Appear After : 5-6 weeks, sometimes sooner.
- Founding Stage Notes: Incredibly hard to found. Need a fungus pellet to be successful or collect some from a wild colony.
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.
(diet only consists of Leucoagaricus gongylophorus fungus, but likes various substrate to use as fertilizer)
- Rabbit feces
- Caterpillar frass
- Flower pollen
- Freeze dried Rose petals
- Freeze dried strawberry slices
- Fresh grape leaves
- Various other leaves
- Juice consisting of sugar, carbs, and fats
- LOVES Cornflakes
- Apple Jacks
- Shaved almonds
- Difficulty: Intermediate, good starter for leafcutter standards.
- Typical Colony Size: 500-2000 workers depending on polygnous.
- Polymorphic: Not really, workers typically the same size.
- Ant Length: Worker: 3mm, Queen: 4.25mm
- Temperament: Very, very Docile, don't attack other ants and other ants avoid them.
- Suggested Feeding Schedule: New substrate per day
- Hazards: None.
- Colony Growth Rate : Slow
- Egg To Worker: 5-6 weeks
- Circadian Activity: Diurnal
- Recommended Temperature: 78F
- Recommended Humidity: 70-80%
- Heating Pad Required: If it helps keep a constant 78F for the fungus
- Can Climb Smooth Surfaces: Yes, but not Fluon
- When To Expand: Depends on setup, outworld when founding.
- When Do Soldiers and Reproductives Appear: 100ish workers
- Invasive/Pest: None, not noted as a pest due to their typical avoidance of plants as substrate
- Farmers: Fungus
- Native Location: Texas and Arizona, Florida-North-New York.
- Natural Habitat: Sand, Loam, Pine Forests with sand. Typically near beaches, lakes, or rivers.
- Preferred Nesting Medium: Plaster, Hydrostone, or natural setup of sand.
- Scientific Information: antwiki.org
- Great starter colony
- Low maintenance