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Common Big-Headed Ants (P. bicarinata)

Common Big-Headed Ants (P. bicarinata)

Pheidole bicarinata is a small but fun species with a voracious appetite and majors with huge heads.


STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY PHEIDOLE BICARINATA: All Continental States EXCEPT West Virginia, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Louisiana, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine

  • Species Info

    General: Pheidole bicarinata are tiny ants with a wide range of color. Colonies eat just about anything, and grow very quickly if heated and fed frequently. Major workers have large heads used to crack seeds and tear through insect parts. 


    Diet: Diet is extremely generalist for these ants. They will go crazy for forms of liquid sugars, but also accept a variety of seeds, including kentucky bluegrass, dandelion, and evening primrose (evening primrose is a favorite). They will eat just about any protein they can get, including crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, dubia roaches, and even table scraps.


    Temperature: Colonies need a heat source to stay healthy and grow effectively. ~82 degrees should be best, and you can provide a heating gradient as you see necessary. Pheidole bicarinata love heat. 


    Diapause: Pheidole bicarinata 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 an area lower than 50 degrees fahrenheit.


    Growth: Brood development takes around 4-6 weeks, 4-5 weeks being typical. Colonies grow very quickly, possibly reaching the hundreds or thousands within the 1st and 2nd years if fed and heated properly. Colonies rarely exceed 4000 workers. 


    Queen size: 3-4.5mm

    Worker size: 1.5-3mm

    Major size: 2.5-3.5mm

  • 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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