Queen Ants For Sale
The AntsCanada Global Ant Nursery Project™
Our Project Objective
To put it simply: We find you ant colonies with a queen to stock your formicariums with only locally caught and raised ant species. All over the world, we are constantly bringing together ant keepers (as well as ant keepers-to-be) with locally raised ant colonies. Here is what acclaimed biologist, nature photographer Alex Wild has to say:
“The Global Ant Nursery is an excellent idea, and is the responsible way to enjoy an ant-keeping hobby. Not only does connecting suppliers with local hobbyists prevent the accidental release of pest ants, the Global Ant Nursery should help foster regional myrmecological communities. I hope it succeeds!” -Alex Wild (biologist, nature photographer www.alexanderwild.com)
The AntsCanada Global Ant Nursery Project™ aims to help those who find it hard to find their own queen ants during nuptial flight by offering up for adoption ant colonies raised by local ant keepers from their area. Also, the practice of ordering or importing ant colonies through the mail is both illegal in many areas and potentially disastrous to a local ecosystem, therefore the GAN Project exists to encourage responsible ant keeping by promoting the keeping of local ant species. Finally, the project aims at expanding our ever-growing global network and AntsCanada team of ant lovers.
Need a Live Ant Colony With a Queen?
This is how it works. AntsCanada has a growing network of GAN (i.e. Global Ant Nursery) Farmers whom we recruit from around the world to sell ant colonies (with queens that they capture locally) to ant lovers like yourself, living within their area (maximum 250 km away and within State/legal limits). Instead of mailing ants to you, you must pick up the ants in person after purchasing the colony through a secure Paypal payment. Below is our updated list of GAN Farmers and the ants they are offering up for adoption. Note: For ecological safety issues, we are unable to sell queens to you if you live more than 250 km away from any of our designated GAN Farmers listed below. Other restrictions apply and proof of residence will be required from you. You will also be required to sign our GAN Host agreement, the terms of which can be read here.
Our Current Available Ant Species Listing by GAN Farmer Location
The following is a complete list of our GAN Farmer locations and the ant species they have available for purchase. All species listed are native to their region, were locally captured and captive raised, and each colony contains a queen and at least 1 worker ant. Look below to see if we have a GAN Farmer in your area.
NEW!!! Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Formica sp.
NEW!!! Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Lasius sp.
Costa Mesa/Los Angeles, California, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Liometopum occidentale, Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni
NEW!!! Austin, Texas, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Camponotus americanus, Tapinoma sessille, Tetramorium sp E, Formica sp.
NEW!!! Davenport, Iowa, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Tapinoma sessille, Formica sp., Tetramorium sp E.
NEW!!! Lafayette, New Jersey, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Camponotus pennsylvanicus
NEW!!! Spokane, Washington, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Tetramorium sp. E, Camponotus sp.
NEW!!! Tallahassee, Florida, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Prenolepis imparis, Camponotus floridanus
Lake Worth/West Palm Beach, Florida, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
NEW!!! Available species: Dorymyrmex bureni, Odontomachus brunneus, Pheidole sp.
NEW!!! St. Louis, Missouri, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Liometopum occidentale
NEW!!! Stevensville, Maryland, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Tetramorium sp. E
Sonora/Sacramento, California, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
NEW!!! Available species: Tapinoma sessile, Temnothorax sp., Camponotus essigi, Camponotus modoc, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus laevigatus, Liometopum occidentale
Boston/Westminster/Springfield, Massacheusetts, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
NEW!!! Available species: Formica subsericea
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
NEW!!! Available species: Formica spp., Pogonomyrmex barbatus, Monomorium sp.
Springfield, Oregon, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Camponotus sp.
Wilmington, Delaware, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
NEW!!! Available species: Tetramorium sp E
Mexico City, Mexico (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Solenopsis invicta
Brasilia, Brazil (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Solenopsis sp., Pheidole sp., Paratrechina longicornis
Livingston, Scotland (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Lasius niger
Schoorl, Netherlands/Luxemburg/Belgium (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Lasius niger, Tetramorium caespitum, Formica fusca, Lasius flavus, Temnothorax sp., Myrmica ruginodis
Setubal, Portugal (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Lasius sp.
Smørum, Egedal, Denmark (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Lasius niger, Lasius flavus, Myrmica rubra, Formica polyctena
Adelaide, Australia (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Iridomyrmex bicknelli, Monomorium laeve
Manila, Philippines (3 GAN Farmers)
Available species: Solenopsis geminata
Cebu, Philippines (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Solenopsis geminata
Klang, Selangor, Malaysia (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Camponotus sp., Iridomyrmex sp.
Singapore (2 GAN Farmers)
Available species: Camponotus cf. maculatus
How to adopt an Ant Colony from us
If you live within 250 km of the locations listed above and are interested in the available species in your area just contact us and we would be happy to provide you a price listing and further instructions on how to purchase and pick up your new ant colony. Remember you will have to purchase the colony via Paypal as well as pick up the ant colony in person, as we do not ship live ants through the mail. You will also be asked to sign our GAN Host agreement and possibly show proof of residence. If you do not see a GAN Farmer near your location of residence, keep checking back regularly because new GAN Farmers will be recruited over time. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter @AntsCanada as we will be tweeting every time a new GAN Farmer gets recruited and their location.
Testimonials from new Ant Colony Owners
Here are testimonials from new satisfied ant keepers who have adopted ants from us:
“Knowing exactly what species of ant you have, and how to care for it is really the most difficult part of ant keeping. If you would rather not learn by trial and error (at the risk of your colony) the GAN Project is perfect because someone who is very knowledgeable about the species will give you insight into what to do and what not to do for the exact species, and size of the colony. I was very nervous about getting a queen without any workers, but Bill gave me a lot of useful information and my Queen has been doing great and has more brood. Also I have a much more interesting Queen species (Camponotus semitestaceus) than one I ever would have been able to find myself. I would highly recommend anyone interesting in ant keeping to first explore the GAN Project to avoid mistakes due to inexperience. The GAN farmer is also very responsive to email if you have any future questions about that species. Thank you Mikey from AntsCandada, and Bill! This has been a great experience and I definitely would purchase another Queen using the GAN project!” -Cameron (Bay Area, California, USA – July 2015)
“I am new to ant keeping, and had recently stumbled upon the hobby through an AntsCanada youtube video. After spending hours watching videos, documentaries, and reading about ants, I just had to get my hands on a queen so that I could observe them myself, but I work full time, I don’t have much leisure time to look for queens, so I had messaged AntsCanada to arrange the purchase of a Prenolepis Imparis queen. After recieving a paypal money request, I was given the details of who would be providing me with my P. Imparis queen. Shorlty after I spoke with the ant farmer who’s name was Tash, and due to me having an afternoon shift the next day, Tash was more than willing to meet up early. The purchase went smoothly and quickly, at the time my queen had just a few eggs, but now she has an entire test tube full of nanitics. I am very satisfied with the GAN project, if it wasn’t for the GAN, I would still be struggling to catch a queen and start a successful colony to this day. If you are struggling to catch a queen and begin a successful colony like I was, I definitely suggest the Global Ant Nursery Project. A very good, safe, and practical way for all ant keepers alike to begin their own observations of the wonder little creatures we’ve grown to adore so much. This project also helps you develope a strong appreciation for your native ant species. AntsCanada and the GAN project were amazing to me, and I couldn’t be any happier. I am definitely coming back for more queens in the future.” -Bruno (London, Ontario, Canada – July 11th, 2014)
If you are interested in adopting an ant colony from us and you see that we have a GAN Farmer in your area, feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about our adoption process.
Want to join the AntsCanada Team and become a GAN Farmer?
For anyone interested in applying to be an official AntsCanada GAN Farmer (must be 18 yrs or older or must partner with a parent or guardian) to sell queen ants/colonies to local ant lovers, please contact us to inquire about our recruitment process. We are currently looking particularly for individuals from major cities in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Asia, South America, and Europe. Some restrictions apply and proof of address and age will be required.