False Honeypot Ants (P. imparis)
Prenolepis imparis are bright orange/black false honeypot ants. Upon being fed, their gasters can swell up to give them the 'honeypot' look. Intermediate-level ants.
STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY PRENOLEPIS IMPARIS: All Continental States EXCEPT Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota,
General: Prenolepis imparis is a species with bright orange queens and workers ranging from orange to black, usually black. Workers can inflate their gasters to hold food, these workers are called repletes. This species has a strange way of growing, and founding mortality rates are high. We do not recommend beginner level keepers get Prenolepis imparis.
Diet: Prenolepis imparis love sugars, but also need protein often. It's best to give them protein in fluid/liquid form. A juicy piece of cricket or mealworm is best, as the workers can then fill up while they drink from the source.
Polygyny: Prenolepis imparis is polygynous, meaning they can have multiple queens cooperate in one colony. This can make the colony grow faster.
Yearly cycle for Prenolepis imparis:
- Diapause from November-January at around 40F
- Fatten up the workers for springtime - feed them a ton regardless of if there's brood or not, both sugars and protein. They prefer liquid protein and liquid sugar.
- Prenolepis imparis tend to diapause during the hottest of the summer months. Keep them at around 75-78 from May-August.
- Once this summer diapause occurs, the queens should begin to lay eggs and the ants will feed the brood mostly off of the workers food storage. They may still accept food.
- Once workers begin to eclose again, the colony will become active and you can feed them until hibernation again.
Growth: Brood development typically takes between 8-12 weeks, depending on temperature and luck. Colonies can grow into the dozens their first year and into the hundreds for their second.
Queen size: 6-7mm
Worker size: 2.5-4mm
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