Aphaenogaster tennesseensis
  • Aphaenogaster tennesseensis

    Aphaenogaster tennesseensis is a stunning, bright red/orange, fast growing species of temporary social parasite. Colonies for sale have biological workers.


    STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY APHAENOGASTER TENNESSEENSIS: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin



    • Species Info

      Aphaenogaster tennesseensis is a very fun species. The colonies grow at a fast speed, the workers and queen are orangish/red and shiny. The queens are temporary social parasites, meaning they need host workers to begin their colonies, usually workers of Aphaenogaster rudis or picea. 


      Their diet is different from some other ants. Aphaenogaster have small social stomachs or no social stomachs at all, so they cannot feed one another liquid sugars. They prefer carbohydrates from nuts, such as almond or cashew. Crushing the nuts into small pieces and feeding slowly works best. Don't feed too much carbohydrates, or leftover pieces may cause mold. The ants can live solely on protein (crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, etc) but do better with carbohydrates. 


      This species needs heat to develop normally. Heating should be at least 80 degrees, possibly 82. Do provide a heating gradient, even if it's just a slight decrease in temperature for part of the nest. 


      Aphaenogaster tennesseensis does not need to go into diapause. However, if the colony seems to slow down, or the keeper decides to take a break from them during the winter, they can endure a hibernation just like any other northern ant. During this hibernation, put the ants in a cooler area, such as a mini fridge, wine cooler, or unheated room which stays above freezing.


      Brood development takes 4-7 weeks, usually 5-6 weeks with heating and proper feeding. Colonies rarely exceed 5000, and colonies can be in the 100s within the 2nd year. 


      Queen size: 4-5mm

      Worker size: 3-5mm

    • Live Arrival Guaranteed

      If ants arrive in bad condition, contact us for help. Live arrival is guaranteed.


      Shipping happens from Monday-Wednesday. During the winter, shipping may cost more due to the need of a heat pack.

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