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#1 Offline woodrocked - Posted January 12 2021 - 11:46 AM

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I am brand new to this. I saw that I needed to put my location in my profile to conduct sales on the forum...I did that.

 

So, now who would like to guide me on purchasing ants for my sons ant jungle. 

 

What is the best for a 8 year old? Where can I buy them?

 

Thank you,

 

Woodrock

 

 


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#2 Offline antsandmore - Posted January 12 2021 - 12:29 PM

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for observing, pogonomyrmex(harvester ants) would probably be a good choice. They are good beginner species, and eat seeds. Pogonomyrmex occidentalis are the only species that can be shipped across state lines in the U.S. without a permit. they would probably be a good choice, except they have painful stingers. you can find them on the Tar Heel ants website. also, many people have different suggestions, so I recommend you do your research, and also see what other people have to say here, and then buy. 


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#3 Offline woodrocked - Posted January 12 2021 - 12:44 PM

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for observing, pogonomyrmex(harvester ants) would probably be a good choice. They are good beginner species, and eat seeds. Pogonomyrmex occidentalis are the only species that can be shipped across state lines in the U.S. without a permit. they would probably be a good choice, except they have painful stingers. you can find them on the Tar Heel ants website. also, many people have different suggestions, so I recommend you do your research, and also see what other people have to say here, and then buy. 

Thank you for your info. I did a little digging around on the interwebs and noticed one place ( i am assuming a residence) in St. Louis, MO is selling ants. I have messaged, but not much communication so far. I also have contact Antsalive in UT and there is zero communication from that site as well. 

 

We shall see.

 

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#4 Offline antsandmore - Posted January 12 2021 - 1:34 PM

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You contacted Antsalive for pogonomyrmex occidentalis right? if its something else, you wouldn't be able to buy from that state.


Ants I am keeping:

  • Crematogaster colony, queen and 3 workers

#5 Offline antsandmore - Posted January 12 2021 - 1:46 PM

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wait nevermind they only sell harvesters


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  • Crematogaster colony, queen and 3 workers

#6 Offline AntsDakota - Posted January 12 2021 - 1:50 PM

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for observing, pogonomyrmex(harvester ants) would probably be a good choice. They are good beginner species, and eat seeds. Pogonomyrmex occidentalis are the only species that can be shipped across state lines in the U.S. without a permit. they would probably be a good choice, except they have painful stingers. you can find them on the Tar Heel ants website. also, many people have different suggestions, so I recommend you do your research, and also see what other people have to say here, and then buy.

Thank you for your info. I did a little digging around on the interwebs and noticed one place ( i am assuming a residence) in St. Louis, MO is selling ants. I have messaged, but not much communication so far. I also have contact Antsalive in UT and there is zero communication from that site as well.

We shall see.

Woodrock
I would not recommend ‘ant farms’ or queen-colonies (only workers, most ants you’ll find online including the ones you mentioned) for anyone. You’ll get much more fulfillment and a more accurate education for your child if you catch and raise a colony from a queen ant yourself. Use these links to begin:

https://www.formicul...e-for-beginners

https://www.formicul...atch-queen-ants

As you can see, humane, correct, true ant keeping preaches a whole different message than Uncle Milton.

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#7 Offline Manitobant - Posted January 12 2021 - 5:36 PM

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Whatever you do don’t put a queen in that ant jungle thing. She will likely die.
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Polyergus Mexicanus: https://www.formicul...gs/#entry175528

Harpagoxenus canadensis: https://www.formicul...-14th/?p=155079

Lasius minutus: https://www.formicul...cs/#entry174811

#8 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted January 12 2021 - 6:40 PM

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ant farms do not provide the right temps, humidity, and other factors for queens to live. of course, if you just want to keep ants, then they will work just fine. hopefully, everyone including myself are not going too much over your head for you! if you just want ants, try either amazon for pogonomyrmex(harvester ants) or someone in your state that has a big colony.  remember, though, in these setups, the ants will die eventually. if you want a queen, you will need to buy something different and more expensive, which you may not want to do. if you are looking for easy to keep queens, tetramorium(pavement ants) are easy to keep. hopefully that helps!

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I am brand new to this. I saw that I needed to put my location in my profile to conduct sales on the forum...I did that.

 

So, now who would like to guide me on purchasing ants for my sons ant jungle. 

 

What is the best for a 8 year old? Where can I buy them?

 

Thank you,

 

Woodrock

also, great for putting your location in your profile! not many people do that without us telling them to!


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#9 Offline strawnkayden1 - Posted January 13 2021 - 9:47 PM

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I am brand new to this. I saw that I needed to put my location in my profile to conduct sales on the forum...I did that.

So, now who would like to guide me on purchasing ants for my sons ant jungle.

What is the best for a 8 year old? Where can I buy them?

Thank you,

Woodrock

There’s something called nuptial flight coming soon and I think you and them could have fun catching them and raising them on your own. I find that it is much more enjoyable when you do it this way. I definitely recommend you get some test tubes and try to find a queen ant from around your area and make sure to do research first.


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