Atta Cepholates Queen with brood Tennis ball size fungus eggs/brood and 80-100 workers UK ONLY (Starter Kit with Next day delivery included) dispatch 16th of October
Atta Cepholates are a species of leaf cutter ants bigger than Acromyrmex the Queens are HUGE! Atta have a smooth exoskeleton and three pairs of spines compared with Acromyrmex which has 4 pairs of spines and a rough exoskeleton.
(Pictures kindly provided by Jake Martin copyright protected)
Leaf cutter ants are something of a legend you will find them in Zoos and Museums and it is a great opportunity for any ant keeper to have a colony of your own! They have a symbiotic relationship with fungus in which they extract organic material from their surroundings leaf based material and seeds and fruits to build their intricate fungus gardens it is amazing to watch as they carry their leafs on a highway back to their beautiful fungus gardens this fungus provides all the nutrition they need.
After a few years of research and working along side experienced leaf cutter ant keepers we are happy to be able to offer leaf cutters in our store we know getting such a amazing species can seems an overwhelming task they do require a decent amount of care but once they are establish you are clean sailing.
We have designed the perfect starter kit for your colony of leaf cutters to make sure you get a great foundation of knowledge as well as some essential equipment to get you started on your journey!
What you will receive:
1x Queen with brood and 80-120 workers and golf ball size fungus (Insured arrival of the queen)
1x organic almond flakes
1x bag of clay balls
1x Detailed care guide
We will also offer you our dedicated care for any issues or questions regarding the care of your colony. If you want to contact us email firstname.lastname@example.org any questions we are also offering a payment plan for a select number of people two deposits over a period of 4 weeks and then we can ship your colony after payment is complete. Further reading below for details on how colonies are collected....
Name: Atta cephalotes
Distribution: Central-South America
Workers: 8-12 mm
Nestform: Soil nests, under stones
Nutrition: self-grown fungus
Temperature: 24°C - 28°C
Humidity: 80% - 90%
Our leaf cutters ants are collected with ethics on the forefront of our agenda. Experts speak to local farmers in the country of origin and strike a deal with them in which they mark out the areas where the leaf cutter ant colonies are on their land and before they are due to spray their land with pesticides to kill most insects the experts come along before this process and collect the colonies up and pay the farmers a fair share for their work as well as saving the colonies from destruction. The colonies are then shipped back to the UK with both Export and Import permits obtained and undergo inspection by customs and pass our experts facility. The ants are quarantined for two weeks or more weeks then are shipped to our facility in which our experienced leaf cutter keeper quarantined for a further 7 days and ready for shipping! Now you know the process of our leaf cutter supply chain! I look forward to welcoming you to the leaf cutter team!