Navajo Honeypot Ants (M. navajo)
Myrmecocystus navajo is a bright yellow species of honeypot ant from the deserts of the southwest. This species gets repletes, which hang from the ceiling of nests with gasters full of liquid. Aside from this, they grow quickly, and are generally fun ants.
STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY MYRMECOCYSTUS NAVAJO: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Utah
General: Myrmecocystus navajo is a bright yellow species of honeypot ant from the deserts of the southwest. They have repletes, grow quickly, and are generally fun ants.
Diet: Myrmecocystus navajo prefers lots of sugars and proteins, in many forms. They are very generalist, but need lots of food regardless. Honey, sugarwater, mealworms, fruit flies, cockroaches, crickets, etc.
Temperature: Colonies should be heated constantly, and ~85-90 degrees fahrenheit would be best. You should provide a slight heating gradient, but overall these ants love heat.
Diapause: Myrmecocystus navajo should not be hibernated. They can keep growing year round if provided heat and food. If you need a break or want them to grow slower, you could remove the heat or cool them down slightly. Never put them in any type of fridge.
Growth: Myrmecocystus navajo brood development takes 4-6 weeks for egg to worker. Colonies can get into the hundreds or thousands within the first year, depending on whether or not they are provided proper heating and feeding.
Queen size: 10-11mm
Worker size: 4-9mm
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