Temnothorax Nylanderi mated Queen with brood/workers (starter kit)

Temnothorax Nylanderi mated Queen with brood/workers (starter kit)

Temnothorax Nylanderi are also known by the nickname acorn ants. They tend to nest inside acorns which are usually on the ground in leaf litter. These ants are very tiny and usually a whole colony will fit inside one acorn. Sometimes they will come with part of the acorn.


What’s interesting with this species is they can be kept with other species such as camponotus species such as ligniperdia in the same set up if the set up is more natural and can use an acorn cut in half and attached to a tank window for their nest space along side the other species.


Temnothorax Nylanderi is popular for this reason and the fact they are so tiny and different from other conventional species such as Lasius niger makes them very popular and some people love small ants.


Keeping difficulty: Easy (beginner friendly)

Colony form: Polygyne

Queen size: 3.5-4.7mm/ yellow/yellowish brown

Workers size: 2.3-3.5/ yellow/yellowish brown

Food: honey water and insects

Temp: 18-28°C

Humidity: 50-60%

Founding: semi-claustral with feeding

Colony size: 1-100 workers

Hibernation: October until end of March at 5 - 8°C ​


What you will recieve:

​1x you will get a queen ant with brood and workers depending on your selection

1x protein shake

1x pipette

1x care sheet which can be found on our care-sheet page


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.


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 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.

    PriceFrom £16.99