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Florida Harvester Ants (P. badius)

Florida Harvester Ants (P. badius)

Pogonomyrmex is a very large, orange harvester ant. It is the only Pogonomyrmex in North America to have majors. These ants NEED heat.


STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY POGONOMYRMEX BADIUS: Arkansas, Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, New Jersey

  • Species Info

    General: Pogonomyrmex badius is a very large reddish/orange harvester ant. These ants are bad climbers, but they can still climb somewhat. They grow very quickly with heating and adequate diet, but beware, these ants sting. Their nests require sand or a sandy texture.


    Diet: These ants prioritize seeds for their diet, as they are harvester ants, but still benefit from and perhaps require protein. Some of their favorite seeds appear to be Kentucky Bluegrass and Dandelion seeds. They prefer larger pieces of protein to smaller ones. It is advisable to drop in seeds regularly, even if they have a large pile, because sometimes they (for some reason) don't like to eat stored seeds.


    Temperature: These ants require heating. Their nest should ideally be between 88-93, but provide a heating gradient with cooler areas if possible. Pogonomyrmex badius will not grow at room temperature. 


    Diapause: Pogonomyrmex badius usually won't need diapause, but if they do, simply cool them to room temperature or slightly colder for a 3-5 weeks. Make sure they're stocked up on seeds during this time. 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 100 workers within the first year if fed lots and heated correctly. 


    Queen size: 11-14mm

    Worker size: 4-8mm

    Major size: 5-11mm

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    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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