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Orange Field Ants (F. dolosa)

Orange Field Ants (F. dolosa)

Formica dolosa is a large, bright orange species of Formica found in the prairies of eastern North America. These ants grow quickly for their size and get queen-sized workers. 


STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY FORMICA DOLOSA: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas,Virginia, Wisconsin

  • Species Info

    General: Formica dolosa is a large, bright orange species of field ant from the prairies of eastern North America. This species grows relatively quickly and is likely to get queen sized workers.


    Diet: These ants love liquid sugars and are total generalists. They will eat just about any insect protein.


    Temperature: These ants need low heating at minimum. Recommended nest temperature is 80-83 degrees, but provide a gradient throughout the nest. 


    Diapause: This species requires a diapause period. This period should last 3-4 months ideally. During this time, the ants need to be cooled down to a low temperature. Around 40 degrees fahrenheit is best. You can achieve diapause by placing the ants in a controlled cooling unit, such as a wine cooler, mini fridge, or regular fridge if temperatures are safe. If you cannot use any of these, a non-heated room which stays above freezing could work. 


    Growth: Brood development takes between 4-7 weeks, usually around 6 weeks. Colonies can get into the dozens within the first year and hundreds by the second if fed enough. Queens can lay large batches of eggs. 


    Queen size: 10-12mm

    Worker size: 5-11mm

  • 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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