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Gatekeeper Big-Headed Ants (P. lamia)

Gatekeeper Big-Headed Ants (P. lamia)

Pheidole lamia is a small, orange big-headed ant with truncated majors. Their majors have very long heads, used in the wild to block entrances from raids from marauding thief ants (Solenopsis sp.).


STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY PHEIDOLE LAMIA: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas

  • Species Info

    General: Pheidole lamia is a rare, specialized species of big-headed ant with interesting major castes. Similar to the genus Colobopsis, Pheidole lamia majors have long heads used to block tunnels and nest entrances. In the wild, this allows them to defend against raids from Solenopsis thief ants. 


    Diet: Pheidole lamia appear to be generalist ants. They accept sugars, such as sugarwater and honeywater, as well as proteins like fruit flies and cricket legs. Note that these are small ants, so give them TINY drops of sugar at a time!


    Temperature: These ants need heat! They are from the southeast and will barely develop without it. Around 81-84 is best, but provide a gradient with cooler areas.


    Diapause: This species does not typically need diapause, and it may be dangerous for them to be put in the fridge for any long period. If they slow down drastically in the winter, simply cool them to room temperature for a few weeks, keeping them fed.


    Growth: Brood development takes 4-6 weeks depending on heating and caste. This species has rarely been grown in captivity, but it is believed their colonies can get to at least 500-1000 workers.


    Queen size: 5mm

    Worker size: 1.5 - 2mm

    Major size: 2-3mm (elongated head)



  • 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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