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Established April 2010


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Species available

     There are many different tropical ant species to be found in Asia, however only a limited number are suitable for keeping in captivity. 

     Some species are so small that observation is extremely difficult and others because of their habits are unable to survive in normal captive enclosures.

     With this in mind we have decided not to offer every single species we can obtain just to be able to say we offer 'x' number of species for sale - but to concentrate on offering quality colonies of interesting species which are easily kept in captivity.

     We have a standard range of species available that we can obtain regularly and will be adding more as and when we find different species that respond well to being kept in captivity.

 

     We are in most cases cultivating the colonies on to larger sizes than are offered for sale elsewhere; as we have found that many tropical species require more skill to care for. In most cases in selling a queen with just a few workers there is a higher risk of colony failure before they can settle down and start breeding. Obviously some genera such as Camponotus are easier to care for and smaller colonies will settle down quickly - but others like Pheidologeton are notoriously difficult to establish from a queen and a few workers. 

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Colony size

     The number of workers stated is an estimate. While with some genera such as Diacamma it is relatively easy to count the number of workers, with others such as Pheidologeton it is extremely difficult!

     The actual number of workers may vary by plus or minus ten percent of the number stated - but in most cases you will receive more.

     All colonies are also sent out with their existing brood and although most species take great care of their brood some genera such as Diacamma and Odontomachus are notorious for consuming their brood during transit.

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Price

     The cost of our colonies reflect the number of colonies that we have in stock, how easy they are to care for - and the length of time that we have had to care for them in captivity before being able to offer them for sale.

      Note: All prices quoted are in UK Pounds Sterling.

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Names

     We conduct extensive research to ensure that the species offered are identified correctly and the scientific names given are to the best of our knowledge correct.

     However, due to the complexities in identifying some species and their many variants:- we accept no liability for species found to be incorrectly identified.

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Age restrictions

      Many tropical ants are easily kept and handled without any problems, but there are a few species which when provoked are capable of delivering a painful sting.  

     Although in normal circumstances hobbyists will not usually have to actually handle the ants there is always the possibility of accidents and unplanned escapes where subsequent miss-handling could result in the hobbyist getting stung!

     We feel that certain species we stock should not be offered for sale to younger hobbyists - so you will find that some species on our shop page are offered with a proviso that the customer should be of a certain age. Hence - when taking orders for these species we may ask for proof of age before accepting an order.

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Reserving colonies

     We can only hold a colony on reserve when a deposit has been paid and delivery is required within four weeks. A deposit of 20% will be required which is non-refundable if the order is cancelled.

     If you want a colony reserving and sending at a date more than than four weeks away - please revisit our shop and place an order nearer the time that the colony is required.

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Bio Data

     As we have kept and cultivated all these species ourselves and have observed them in their natural wild habitat throughout their yearly cycle, we are able to give you comprehensive information on their life cycle and hints on how to keep them in captivity.

     Below the brief descriptions of many of the species we offer for sale you will see a tag to click for more information. This will take you to another page with a lot more information on the said species.

     We have compiled these 'bio data' pages for many of the species we offer for sale and more pages will be added in the future.

     If required you can go direct to the data pages by clicking on a species name below:

          

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     Diacamma rugosum

     Updated January 2014.

 

     Diacamma scalpratum

     Updated January 2014.

 

     Odontomachus rixosus

     Updated January 2014.

 

     Pheidologeton diversus

     Updated February 2013.

 

     Tetraponera rufonigra

     Updated January 2014.

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Postage charges

     Detailed postage information can be found on our 'Postage' page - click here.

    

     Briefly:

 

     For colonies sent direct from Thailand to any other country:   

     There is an additional postage charge to be paid. The amount will depend on the destination and number of colonies ordered. The minimum charge is £15.

 

     After the colonies have been imported into the UK:

     The postage charge depends on which country they are sent to and the value of the order.

     For colonies sent anywhere within the UK - postage is included in the price and not an additional charge.

     For colonies sent to other EU countries - the cost of postage is included in the price and not an additional extra. However; a minimum order value of 150 pounds is required for this free postage to apply. Below this amount there will be an additional postage charge. 

     For colonies sent to countries outside the EU there will be a postage charge. The amount will depend on the destination and amount ordered. 

Additional postage charges

     To pay any requested postal charges - simply click the appropriate tag below:

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Postage charge of £10

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Postage charge of £15


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Postage charge of £20

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Postage charge of £25


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     If you want to buy or reserve one of our colonies we would advise you to email us first - to confirm availability and discuss the available options re delivery.

      Our email is checked daily so you can be sure of a quick reply.

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     Please note that due to the good demand from our retail customers - we have decided that at the present time we can not supply any wholesale orders.
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      Please ensure that you read our 'Terms' page before placing any orders.

      If you order and pay for a colony it is on the understanding that you have agreed to our stated terms and conditions. 

     Our terms and conditions apply to all orders without exception and are non-negotiable.

     Please also ensure the legality of importing live insects into your country before placing an order.

     If you have any questions regards our terms and conditions or if there is anything that you do not understand regards these - please contact us with your query before placing an order.

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APRIL 2015

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     Time to expand: Our shop has now been trading for five years and sales have been steadily increasing each year. Due to the good sales last year and the increasing demand from our regular and new customers - we have decided to expand our ant farm.

     Last year sales were up by 18% and there were many requests for colonies that we had already sold and for colonies which we frequently stock but did not have available at the time.

     Hence to cater for this increase in demand we have decided to expand our business and are in the process of converting one of our existing orchid growing houses into another dedicated ant raising house. This additional ant house will be approximately three times larger than the one we are using at present and will give us the required room to cultivate and maintain many more colonies.

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      To complement our expansion plans we have decided to change our domain name and open a new website .

      This site will remain live for about four months - so our existing and potential new customers are made aware of the changes.

      Our new web site is under construction http://www.antsfromasia.com/  and will be finished towards the end of May.

      Our contact email will remain the same - theantman@hotmail.co.uk

      This shop is now closed. However we will be offering a range of species again on our new web site from late May.

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      Ant study holiday:

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     We are offering a special holiday in Thailand for those interested in Ants. This specialized tour will take you to various natural habitats where you can observe the different ant species.   

     The holiday will take place in July (6th - 14th) which is also a time when many local species have their alate flights.

     While on this tour you will be able to observe the leaf nests of the tree ant Oecophylla, test the swarm attack response of the fire ant Solenopsis geminata, follow the mass hunting trails of the army ant Pheidologeton diversus and see the very large solitary workers of Diacamma scalpratum hunting in the dense forest!

     You will be able to observe the ants close up and able to compare the different habitat conditions where the  species are nesting.

 

     The number places on this tour is limited to six. (We already have four confirmed bookings!).

 

     The first part of our orchid tour slide show will show you some of the habitat areas we will be exploring while on this ant study tour: http://www.theorchidman.com/#/gallery/our-next-tour-march-2015-part-1/t0/ 

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     The itinerary for this tour is ready now and can be sent to you by email.

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Species available for sale - December 2014

 

 (All prices are in UK Pounds Sterling)

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1) Camponotus auriventris

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    This is a black Camponotus which has an attractive greenish metallic sheen on its abdomen. The workers are between 6-8 mm and the large majors between 8-10 mm. Major workers are produced when the colony is relatively young and first appear when there are about 50 plus normal sized workers. The ratio of normal workers to majors seems to be about 20 to 1.

     Unlike many other Camponotus this is a day active species preferring to do most of its foraging during daylight hours.

     The queens are 12 mm in size and found new colonies independently.

     It is a soil nesting species and can remove a copious amount of earth in constructing its deep nest. The chambers have to be deep underground to protect the colony from the strong mid day sun. Nests usually only have one main entrance which is guarded by the major caste.

     They will take a wide range of food including sugary secretions and dead insects.

     This species is very suitable as a first exotic ant to keep and they take to artificial nests very quickly. They can be kept at normal room temperature - although a form of heating will speed up their brood development.  

     Colonies are not very large and usually consist of a few hundred individuals.

     We have vigorous colonies available headed by young queens from flights in 2014.

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Code: CA-1     All sold

One queen with 40 - 60 workers.                           


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Code: CA-2     All sold

One queen with 100-150 workers.                         


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2) Camponotus sp.

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     This is another attractive Camponotus species which we have not yet identified.

     It is similar in size to auriventris but is mostly active at night.

     The workers are yellow / light brown color and the large majors have a black head.

     They will consume a wide range of food and can be kept at room temperature.

     They seem to be very easy to keep and respond well to captivity.

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Code: CS-1     All sold

One queen with 50 - 60 workers.                        


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3) Diacamma rugosum

     Common name:

      The Queenless Ponerine Ant.

 

     This is a very easy species to keep in captivity. It accepts a wide range of food and can be kept at normal room temperature.

     There is also the additional advantage that mature colonies are not very large - so they will not need a large enclosure.

 

     For more information - click here. 

  

 

Code: DR-1     All sold

Confirmed gamergate and 40-50 workers.                


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4) Diacamma scalpratum

     Common name:

      The Giant Ponerine Ant.

 

     This is the largest ant we offer for sale. It is an aggressive hunter and will attack anything it finds.

     Colonies are only small but because of the size of the ants they will require a large habitat enclosure.

     This species can also be trained to take food from your hand!

 

     For more information click here.

 

Code: DS-1     All sold

Young colony. Gamergate and 30 workers.


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Code: DS-2     Sold

A fully mature colony of gamergate and 80-100 workers.


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5) Dolichoderus bituberculata

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     This is a small black ant about the same size as Lasius niger. The queens are about 1.5 times the size of the workers and distinguishable by their larger thorax and abdomens.

     This species accepts multiple queens back into the colony and quickly forms super colonies which can cover large tracts of land. Mature colonies will have millions of workers and several thousand queens. In places they spread out by colonizing natural trails forming sub colonies wherever they find a suitable place and in some instances have been recorded as having colonized entire plantations and the sides of roads for several km.

     As they expand their territory they aggressively attack other ant species which they overwhelm by sheer numbers and their potent chemical defense. Wars against other larger aggressive species frequently result in massive losses but being able to call upon practically inexhaustible reserves from the super colony they succeed in overwhelming all species they come across. I have not yet seen any species put up a successful defense against them.

     Being slow moving they are easier to keep and observe than other faster moving smaller invasive species. They will take all kinds of food and are particularly fond of sugary secretions.

     It is however a true tropical species and needs warmth to succeed. If the temperature falls much below 10 C they stop foraging and as they are not adapted to hibernation the colony will slowly starve to death. The ideal temp seems to be between 25 – 30 C.

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Code: DB-1     All sold

5 queens and 300-500 workers.


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6) Odontomachus rixosus

     Common name:

      The Asian Trap-jaw Ant.

 

     The name trap-jaw comes from this species specially evolved hunting technique. They have a long pair of hooked mandibles and the workers forage with their mandibles held open at 180 degrees. When sensory hairs on the inside of the mandibles are touched they automatically snap shut - instantly killing or stunning the prey.

 

      Painful sting: Purchase of this species is

 restricted to customers over the age of 18. 

 

     For more information click here.

 

Code: OR-1     All sold

One queen with 25 - 30 workers.


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Code: OR-2     Sold

A specimen colony with 3 queens and 100-120 workers. Unlike other shops we won't split this colony as large multi queen colonies are difficult to find and ideal for those wanting an instant established colony.


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7) Pheidologeton diversus

     Common names:

      The Asian Army Ant or Marauder Ant.

 

     This is a fascinating species that is famous for its hunting method of sending out thousands of workers on 'swarm trails' - which attack and consume anything edible that they find.

     It is also well known for the large size differential between the small workers and super majors.

     The only species with hunting habits similar to the famous 'Army Ants' that can be successfully kept in captivity.

 

     For more information - click here.

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Code: PD-1     Sold

One queen and 3-5000 workers including over 100 super majors along with a good sized brood.


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Code: PD-2     All sold

One queen and 500-1000 workers including majors and a good amount of brood.

We have two of these colonies available. They are vigorous newly established colonies with queens from the 2014 alate flights.


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8) Polyrhachis illaudata

     Common name:

      The Golden Polyrhachis

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     This is an attractive golden colored species which is active during daylight hours.

     The workers are about 8 mm in size and the queen slightly larger.

     Colonies are relatively small numbering between 200-500 individuals and they nest in the ground.

     They will eat sugary secretions and dead insects.

     They are easy to keep but require warm conditions.

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Code: PI-1      Sold

Young queen with 6 workers and brood including 3 pupae.


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9)Tetraponera rufonigra

      Common name:

       The Bicoloured Arboreal Ant.

 

     This is an attractive slim ant that makes its nests in wood or hollow branches. It has good eyesight and is very aggressive.

     It adapts to captivity well - although because of its foraging habits the habitat chamber should be furnished with plenty of small branches.

     This species is very difficult to obtain. Hence - although it is a good sized attractive ant and suitable for captivity, it is rarely offered for sale by other vendors.

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     Painful sting: Purchase of this species is

restricted to customers over the age of 18.

 

     For more information click here.

  

Code: TR-1     All sold

Young colony. One queen and 10-15 workers.                                


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10) Thief / Guest ant. (Not yet identified.)

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      This species is very small with workers about 1.5 mm. The colonies have both minor and major forms of workers which are an attractive red yellow colour. The queens are about 3 mm and there seems to be only one per colony.

      I have only found this species living within the nests of other ants. Once with Odontomachus and three times in the middle of very large P. diversus nests. It is possible that they live on the waste of the larger species or possibly steal their brood. They would also receive protection by living in close proximity of these aggressive species. The workers seem to be completely ignored by the host species even when the host nests have been disturbed and are in a state of agitation.

      In captivity they will consume sugar water and dead insects and seem to be able to exist away from the host species.

      This species could easily be kept with larger species in a communal set up.

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Code: GA-1     Sold

One queen with about 500 workers.


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11) Macrotermes malaccensis

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     This species is not invasive and usually can only be found in natural wild habitats well away from human habitation. They are a fungus growing species which collect dead vegetable matter to feed their fungus garden.

     They do not build a mound but create a football size nest / fungus garden just below the surface of the ground.

      There is not much information available on how to keep and cultivate this species and hence we only recommend them for very experienced hobbyists.

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     As the young nymphs of this species are very fragile and do not travel well we recommend that you start colonies by purchasing alates just after the flights. They will be at their strongest then - full of food reserves and it will only be about a week to ten days before they settle down and start to lay.

     Next years flights are expected in June and you can pre-order pairs of alates which will be sent to you within a few days of the flights.

     No payment will be required now. A deposit payment will be required about one month before the flights are expected and the balance after confirmation that the alates are ready to be sent.

     Please email us if you would like your name added to the waiting list for this species.

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     We have now completed a bio data page for this species - click here.

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Code: MM-A     Available in June - £50

Pairs of alates.                                


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12) Microcerotermes crassus

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     This is a small termite species that inhabits shady tropical forests.

     The workers are 2-3 mm in size. There is also a major caste which is armed with long sickle shape jaws.

     They construct mounds made from chewed wood and soil which in fully mature colonies can reach about 30-40cm in height.

     It is a nocturnal species coming out in the cool of the night to forage. They feed on decaying leaf litter and fallen dead branches.

 

     We are selling whole nests which house a complete colony of a young king and queen and several thousand workers. These nests are about 3 years old and are about 5 cm across and 10 cm in height.

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Code: MC-1     All sold

A complete nest containing a primery king and queen along with several thousand workers.


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