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Desert Big-Headed Ants (P. desertorum)

Desert Big-Headed Ants (P. desertorum)

Pheidole desertorum is a southwestern species that is polygynous and yellow. These are small ants, but medium sized for Pheidole. 


STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY PHEIDOLE DESERTORUM: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah

  • Species Info

    General: Pheidole desertorum is a southwestern species that is polygynous and bright yellow. These are small ants, but decently sized for Pheidole. Colonies grow into thousands and are voracious at large sizes. Colonies have majors.


    Diet: These ants have a generalist diet. They can eat anything from seeds to proteins to sugars. They prefer lots of protein and liquid sugars. Crickets, fruit flies, and roaches all work as a protein source.


    Temperature: This species requires some sort of heat source. They prefer heat between 85-90 degrees, with a slight heating gradient through the nest. This species will not grow quickly without heating. 


    Diapause: Pheidole desertorum does not need diapause, but can withstand low temperatures. It is not recommended that you diapause Pheidole desertorum. 


    Growth: Brood development takes around 4-5 weeks. It depends mostly on heating. Colonies can grow into the thousands within months if fed and heated enough. This species is very self-paced. 


    Queen size: 6.5mm

    Worker size: 2.5-3mm

    Major size: 4-4.5mm

  • 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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