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Formica subsericea ||Live Queen|| [Dark Field Ant]

Formica subsericea ||Live Queen|| [Dark Field Ant]

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Workers in colony

 The Formica genus is one of the most aggressive/fast-growing groups of ants in all of Canada. Once you get a colony up and running they won't stop growing. In the wild, this specific species of Formica is prone to subjugation by parasitic species of Formcia, otherwise known as slave raiders.

Queens size:10-12  mm

Worker size: 6-8 mm

Major size: False

Multiqueen: False

Nuptial flight timeframe: Mass flights occur between July-August

Hibernation: True, November-March at 1-10°C

Care Guide:

Despite their hardy nature, it is still important to provide proper care for an optimal growing season. 


Formica subericea will eat anything they get their hands on and will put on a show whilst taking down its prey. From insects (beetle larvae, fruit flies, or roaches) to meat (ham, turkey bacon, or chicken) and carbohydrates like Honey, sugar water, or nectar. 

Temperature and Humidity:

The temperature should be kept from 18-29C and humidity between 30-65%, (room humidity)

Ant nest

Formica subsericea will do great in any of our setups. When choosing the size of the nest, the colony should take up at least 40%+ of the nest capacity to ensure the colony doesn't feel vulnerable and stressed. 

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