THESE QUEENS FLEW IN MID-SUMMER 2021. THEY ARE ALL STRONG QUEENS AND HAVE STARTED LAYING EGGS!
Myrmica Rubra is one of the most colourful and largest droptail ant species found in Canada, beaten only by Myrmica Incompleta. Also known as The European Fire Ant, they are found in most regions of southern Canada. The colours are most visible under the sun or bright light, the workers are extremely eye-catching too.
They are in fact an invasive species to Canada so do not, under any circumstances, release them into the wild.
At Insect Supplies Canada, we sell live droptail ant queens, small colonies and even some large colonies of The European Fire Ant. They are one of the easiest ants to keep and are considered a great beginner species for all novice antkeepers.
Queens are normally around 4-6mm while workers range from 3-4mm
The colonies of droptail ants can grow very large, they are very active and will live in almost anything they can find and develop until they are a force and can start reproducing more alates!
Overall, Myrmica Rubra is a very satisfying ant to raise from a single queen into a large colony, the brood develops at a steady pace so it wouldn't be long until you would have a beautiful young colony of these gorgeous droptail ants!