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Black Desert Harvester Ants (V. pergandei)

Black Desert Harvester Ants (V. pergandei)

Veromessor pergandei is a medium-large shiny black harvester ant from the southwest with impressively polymorphic workers. These ants harvest and eat seeds!



  • Species Info

    General: Veromessor pergandei is a medium-large harvester ant from the deserts of the Southwest. It's workers range in size greatly and colonies get very large.


    Diet: These ants love seeds, with insects being recommended weekly or twice weekly. Seeds like Kentucky Bluegrass and Dandelion work well for V. pergandei. Protein benefits queen health greatly!


    Temperature: Keep these ants heated at around 80-85 degrees fahrenheit. Provide a gradient if you can, and keep in mind that these ants will not grow if they don't have a heat source. 


    Diapause: Veromessor pergandei do not need to diapause. Although they can withstand low temperatures for some periods of time, it isn't necessary.


    Growth: Brood development takes 5-8 weeks. If you're heating them and they're well-fed, this will be closer to 5-6 weeks. Colonies get into the tens of thousands and can be in the thousands within a year or two!


    Queen size: 10-11mm

    Worker size: 4-8mm

  • 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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