Small-Waisted Honeypot Ants (M. tenuinodis)
Myrmecocystus tenuinodis are dark, slightly bicolored honeypot ants from the southwest US. They are black and shiny, often with a brownish/red head. These ants do get the large repletes (honeypots) that their genus is well known for.
STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY MYRMECOCYSTUS TENUINODIS: Arizona, California, Nevada
General: Myrmecocystus tenuinodis are medium sized, shiny, black honeypot ants from the hot deserts of the southwest. They get repletes and may slow down foraging in mid-summer in the wild, due to extremely hot temperatures in their regular habitat.
Diet: Myrmecocystus tenuinodis loves liquid sugars, such as sugarwater or honeywater. They also need a protein source to feed their larvae, so fruit flies, crickets, mealworms, or roaches will work. They can lap up the guts from insects and store these in repletes.
Temperature: These ants require heating. A temperature of 76-82 is best, but be sure to provide a heating gradient that includes a cooler area. Their queens fly in spring, so they may be used to lower temperatures during founding.
Diapause: These ants may have a diapause in the winter, but it's also possible it can be skipped. If they seem to slow down in growth in the fall/winter months despite continued heat and lots of food, lower the temperature a few degrees (50-60 degrees is best) and make sure they still have sugars. It is possible they'll slow down foraging in the summer, because in the wild, it is too hot for them to forage in the desert summer. However, this process can likely be skipped in captivity.
Growth: Brood development is standard for honeypots, at around 7-9 weeks from egg to worker. Colonies can reach the hundreds within the first year, and likely 1000+ after that with sufficient feeding and heat.
Queen size: 7-8mm
Worker size: 3-5mm
Repletes much larger
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