polyrhachis illaudata Queen with brood (starter kit)
Polyrhachis illaudata are a form of ground weaver ants similar in nature to their cousins Polyrhachis dives they tend to be bigger in size and a lot less common for sale due to them being a rarer species. A highly desirable species. These colonies are close to first workers with a good amount of brood.
In terms of weaving, they use their brood which produce silk naturally when they cocoon, they use this process to construct/weave their nests with the silk and other building materials like twigs.
The use of weaving makes them a highly desirable species for any collector in the addition to this they can spray formic acid to defend themselves and when they are hunting prey, they do this from their gasters and raising them into the air by curling their bodies.
They can grow fairly fast and require no hibernation and tend to have multiple queen colonies in the wild.
Keeping difficulty: medium (Recommended for people kept at least one exotic species)
Queen size: 14-15mm Colour: silver/black big and strong
Worker’s size: 10 - 12mm Colour: silver/black
Food: honey water and insects and seeds
Founding: clasutral without feeding
Colonysize: 1-5,000 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.