Solenopsis invicta Queen with brood and workers
Solenopsis Invicta are one of the most successfully established species in the world they have not established themselves in Europe due to our colder climate. They have a variety of worker sizes ranging from small minor to majour workers. These ants are capable of building rafts with their own bodies during wet seasons and can travek along rivers in these rafts keeping the colony protected.
They are a very aggressive species with a potent sting they can paralyse their prey and they are a very popular and desired ant species.
The colonies population can be controlled by restricting/reducing feeding and keeping them at room temp without heat assistance.
This species cannot be released into the wild we recommend if you no longer wish to keep this species contact us and if not, we recommend you destroy the colony including queen by pouring boiling water from a kettle onto the colony directly in the nest making sure the queen and all workers are dead (be careful with hot water to not burn yourself).
Anyone younger than 18 should ask household permission before you keep this species of ants.
Keeping difficulty: Moderate to hard (Due to fast growth and good escape prevention needed as the colony grows) (Recommended for keepers who have kept at least two exotic species)
Colony form: Monogyne and Polygyne
Queen size/Gamergate: 6-10mm dark red/black
Worker’s size: 3-6mm dark red
Food: honey water and insects
Founding: clasutral without feeding
Colony size: 1-4000 workers
Live arrival guarantee:
We guarantee the live arrival of your Queen they come well packed in our jiffy bags which have two-sided padding as well as an additional layer of bubble wrap around our test tubes. We are the only company in the United Kingdom to offer our live arrival guarantee of your queen as well as an additional 14 days guarantee if the colony if kept in the original test tube for all our European species. Why do we do this? We are confident with our colony’s health and our packaging process as well as our care guides, we also believe in our customers and making sure they have a good ant keeping experience.
Live arrival guarantee we ensure the live arrival of the queen only upon delivery contact us within 24 hours of receiving the Queen dead on arrival with a picture of the dead queen and the original workers. DO NOT TRANSFER THE DEAD QUEEN OR WORKERS TO A NEST AS THIS VOIDS YOUR WARRNTY. For our additional 14-day guarantee for European species the Queen and workers must be kept in the original test tube sealed with the cotton and care sheet instructions followed if you want to keep this additional guarantee do not transfer to a nest or your warranty is VOIDED (we recommend you keep the 14-day warranty).
We have no control over the environment outside the test tube and have no influence in the conditions the responsibility once placed outside the test tube within the 14-day period the responsibility is with the buyer. 9 times out of 10 colonies die in the nest due to lack of water access, food, temperature, oxygen or stress due to vibrations or exposure to excess light. If your colony does fail inside a nest contact us, we can advise what went wrong but it is up to you to buy another ant colony, you will succeed but sometimes it does not work the first time. Research is key to success with ant keeping and follow our guides.