Live Queen Ants & Colonies
How it works:
We have partnered with reputable ant keepers and ant supply businesses to bring you a curated selection of local Canadian species. Weather permitted (mainly from April to October). Here you can buy a queen ant and colonies at different stages of development. Pair your ant colony with hardware from the ant shop, and you will have your ant farm kit.
Live ants ONLY SHIP within CANADA
We have resumed shipping ants for the 2022 season.
Please use the "live chat" page to let us know if you have any questions or are looking for something specific, we can help you decide and determine if you have the right items.
Please be advised that it is best to ship live ants with the Xpresspost service. Also, please be informed that when your order contains live ants, we prefer to send a delivery card notice for parcel pick up at your nearest Canada Post location. This way, the package does not sit outside exposed to the elements.
We only ship ants as long as the forecasted Canada-wide lowest temperature does not drop below +5 degrees Celsius during the expected transit time and as long as we consider it safe for the ants to travel.
Sometimes a new fresh test tube setup is required before shipping; in such cases, we will send them as soon as they have been safely transferred (usually, it takes us a couple of hours). If your queen arrives dead, please communicate with us immediately to determine a cause and resolution.
#Update: You can choose to customize or enhance the test tube your queen and colony will ship in.
We have bundled the basics, and more importantly, we are now providing the option to have a refillable perlite chamber; the tube has a small hole in the back that allows the addition of water as required. The perlite granules distribute and absorb liquid and keep the cotton humid and tight against the insert. Compared to traditional test tubes, the queen or colony will not have to be moved as often if the water runs out. Also, the opening in the tube removes the vacuum seal and equalizes air pressure; this means changes in temperature (coming out of diapause) and atmospheric pressure (similar to those experienced in airplanes while travelling) will not lead to water leaks. Add water to the test tube as needed but do so very slowly until the cotton looks wet; add small amounts to ensure no flooding by overfilling; it is ready if the cotton seems wet.