California Harvester Ant (Pogonomyrmex californicus, bicolored)


California Harvester Ants are a lively and beginner-friendly species  of seed-harvesters.  STATES AVAILABLE TO BUY: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Nevada

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Product Description

The California Harvester Ant (Pogonomyrmex californicus) is a beautiful, medium-sized ant. The California Harvester Ants we have for sale are the red and black bicolored variant, arguably the most beautiful californicus variant. These ants are a great beginner species. Feeding is easy because they eat mostly seeds. They do sting but escapes are unlikely due to their lack of climbing abilities.


Maintaining a suitable temperature is crucial for development. Ideally, their nest should be kept between 85-92 degrees Fahrenheit, with a heating gradient if possible. Heating gradients can be obtained with a heating cable.


Their diet consists of small seeds (bluegrass or dandelion are preferred), and an optional weekly protein source like crickets, fruit flies, and mealworms. They also appreciate sweets in the form of fresh fruits.

Colony Size

Queen, 5+ workers, eggs, larvae, pupae.


We generally sell our ants in test tubes. If local pickup is an option for you and the colony is large enough to move into a formicarium, we may be able to move the colony for you provided that you buy the setup from our store.


Since their diet consists mostly of seeds, a pile of seed husks will develop quickly. We highly recommend buying The Ant Vacuum from our store to aid in cleaning up the husks from the outworld. If the ants accidently get sucked into the vial, you can remove with your fingers provided that you are wearing latex gloves.

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Shipping or Local Pickup

We are permitted to ship to the following states: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Nevada.

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