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Large Harvester Ants (P. barbatus)

Large Harvester Ants (P. barbatus)

Pogonomyrmex barbatus is a large, orange harvester ant from the southwest. Colonies get large and harvest seeds.


STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY POGONOMYRMEX BARBATUS: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Lousiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah

  • Species Info

    General: Pogonomyrmex barbatus is a huge, orange, seed harvesting ant from the southwestern US. Colonies grow large quickly. Must be heated, and must have access to seeds. 


    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 are Kentucky Bluegrass and Dandelion seeds. 


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


    Diapause: Pogonomyrmex barbatus usually won't need diapause, but if they appear to, 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 4-8 weeks depending on heating and feeding. Colonies can reach into the hundreds of workers within the first year if fed lots and heated correctly.


    Queen size: 11-13mm

    Worker size: 5-9mm

  • 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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