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  • Liometopum apiculatum remind me of a big lasius niger with the queens coming in at a whopping 16-18mm in size which puts them at a similar size as Campomotus ligniperdia.


    This species is nicknamed Escamoles and known as the Mexican cavier. Its eggs and brood and pupae are consumed as a local delicacy in and around Mexico City and it’s been said they have been used like this as far back as the Aztecs. The taste is said to taste like cottage cheese.


    This species is found in Mexico as well as parts of North America. In the wild they tend to make their nest in the ground and look like they are constructed in a fashion that gives them Swiss cheese like appearance.


    This species has yet to be sold in Europe and would make us the first to do so!

    Keeping difficulty: moderate (Kept at least 1 or more European/Exotic species)

    Colonyform: Monogyne

    Queen size: 16-18mm

    Worker’s size: 3-6mm

    Food: honey water and insects

    Temp: 20-28°C

    Humidity: 60-80%

    Founding: claustral without feeding

    Colonysize: 1-100,000 workers

    Hibernation: 6–8-week disapause in November

    You will receive:

    1x queen mated queen with eggs/brood or workers depending on your selection


    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-day 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.


    Be aware of sellers only using the Live arrival guarantee and not the 14-day additional warranty on European ant species it might be slightly cheaper but could end up paying more in the long run, also all our products are sold as starter kits including food and a pipette.

    We do require photographic evidence of the queen in the original test tube for validating the guarantee once outside the test tube and in a nest the environment is outside of our control.

    It is illegal to release non-native species of ants into the wild and could damage the local ecosystem so bare this in mind we have a duty to our environment.


    Live arrival guarantee we ensure the live arrival of the queen only upon delivery contact us within 24-48 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 WARRANTY. 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.

    Liometopum apiculatum (AntsRus Exclusive)

    PriceFrom £39.99
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