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Desert Long-Legged Ants (N. cockerelli)

Desert Long-Legged Ants (N. cockerelli)

Novomessor cockerelli is a large,beautiful and aggressive species of ant native to the southwestern US. This species is extremely fast growing and fun to keep.


STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY NOVOMESSOR COCKERELLI: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas

  • Species Info

    General: Novomessor cockerelli are beautiful, long legged ants from the deserts of the southwest. Queens are bicolored, colonies grow quickly, and workers are aggressive. These ants do not sting.


    Diet: Novomessor cockerelli is a heavily protein based species, but also needs some liquid sugars mixed in. Feed LOTS for fast growth.


    Temperature: These ants require heating. Their nest should ideally be between 90-95, but provide a heating gradient if possible. Novomessor cockerelli will not grow much at room temperature. 


    Diapause: Novomessor cockerelli usually won't need diapause, but if they do, simply cool them to room temperature or slightly colder for 3-5 weeks. Make sure to still feed the ants, just less. Do not bring them close to freezing. 


    Growth: Brood development takes 4-7 weeks depending on heating and caste. The majors tend to take longer to develop. Colonies can reach over 1000 workers within the first year if fed lots and heated correctly. 


    Queen size: 11-14mm

    Worker size: 7-12mm



  • 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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