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Mendax Honeypot Queens (Myrmecocystus mendax)

Original price was: $64.99.Current price is: $59.99.

Myrmecocystus mendax is a large, red and black species of honeypot ant native to the western United States. These ants, known for their sizable colonies, are active during the day as they roam the desert landscape. STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Utah.

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Product Description

Note: these are single founding queens with eggs and larvae. Price will increase significantly when workers arrive.

Mendax honeypots (Myrmecocystus mendax) are one of the larger species of honeypot ants. The queens are characterized by their bulky shoulders, large eyes, and wide heads. Mendax honeypot ants are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day.

One of the unique features of honeypot ants is their ability to store food in the form of a liquid. Some of the workers, called repletes, are gorged with sweet liquids by the other workers. They become transparent and immobile, and hang from the ceiling like a pot of honey. They are a food storage source for the colony. Repletes store both liquid protein sources from insects and sweet nectar from flowers. They have even been reported to store water.

Difficulty Level

Difficult to get going during founding stage. After repletes arrive, Moderate to Easy.

Growth

In order to grow, heating is necessary in the form of a heat cable or a warm room or closet that is at least 80 F and no warmer than 83.

Diet

Like all honeypots, M. mendax need daily sugars in the form of a liquid such as honey water, or sugar water. We recommend Sunburst. They also need protein in the form of insects to feed their larvae. Offer them a variety of insects such as crickets, mealworms, and fruit flies.

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Shipping or Local Pickup

We are permitted to ship to the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Utah. Local pickup is in Tempe, AZ.

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