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.
Toronto/Mississauga/Milton, Ontario, Canada (2 GAN Farmers)
Available species: Formica sp., Tetramorium sp. E, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Formica sp.
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Formica sp., Lasius sp., Camponotus sp.
Costa Mesa/Los Angeles, California, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) sp., Pogonomyrmex californicus (bicolor), Pogonomyrmex rugosus, NEW!!! Crematogaster sp.
Sonora/Sacramento/San Francisco, California, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Formica francouri, Formica fusca
NEW!!! Rochester, New York, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Formica sp.
Boston/Westminster/Springfield, Massacheusetts, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Tetramorium sp E
South Brunswick, New Jersey, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Tetramorium sp E., Lasius sp.
Dallas, Texas, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Prenolepis imparis, Crematogaster sp.
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Monomorium minimum, Pogonomyrmex barbatus
Springfield, Oregon, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Camponotus sp.
Wilmington, Delaware, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Monomorium minimum, Camponotus nearcticus, Formica pallidefulva
Phoenix, Arizona, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Sold out for the season
Urbana/Chicago, Illinois, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Temnothorax curvispinosus
Columbus, Ohio, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Tetramorium sp E
Orlando, Florida, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Pogonomyrmex badius, Camponotus tortuganus, Camponotus floridanus
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: NEW!!! Camponotus sexguttatus, Camponotus tortuganus, Dorymyrmex bureni, Odontomachus brunneus
Mexico City, Mexico (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Solenopsis invicta
NEW!!! Brasilia, Brazil (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Brachymyrmex sp., Solenopsis sp., Pachycondyla sp., Pheidole sp., Dorymyrmex sp.
Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Lasius niger, Lasius flavus, Myrmica rubra, Formica polyctena
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: NEW!!! Lasius sp.
Melbourne/Cheltenham, Australia (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Pheidole sp.
Adelaide, Australia (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Iridomyrmex sp.
Manila, Philippines (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Sold out for the season
Calauag, Quezon, Philippines (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Sold out for the season
NEW!!! Cebu, Philippines (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Solenopsis geminata
NEW!!! 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 via email at contact-us@antscanada[dot]com 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:
“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)
“What can I say… The whole process is Awesome! It was really easy after I paid for the queen online. This makes it nice so there’s no need to exchange money when you meet up with the GAN Farmer. Cody and I met up at a public place. We chatted for a while. I asked him everything I could think of so make sure I wouldn’t do something that would hurt my new queen. Even after we met, he offered to be a resource. I’ve since asked him lots of questions and he’s pretty receptive and replies fairly promptly. I’m looking forward to receiving my large fromicarium so I can move my new colony. Today there are 5 nantics and several eggs. This is only after 3 days.”- kiddcell (January 22nd, 2014)
“The ordering process was simple and direct. Very personal and accommodating which is great. The GAN Farmer, Cody was very informative and made himself a great future resource as well. Really knew his myrmecology and looking forward to interfacing with him again and quite possibly getting some new queens when I’m ready. My colony has just moved into a proper formicarium from a test tube setup and is doing great as far as I could tell. I’m very pleased with my colony and quite happy that the project exists. I have a few test tube setups of my own but with little, or very slow, success rate. I would definitely recommend the project to anyone interested but do not have the time/patience to capture, ID, and research their own queens.” - Amadeus (Columbus, Ohio, USA)
“The Global Ant Nursery Project of AntsCanada is a very great program for people like me who want to enjoy the ant-keeping hobby but don’t have the luck and time to hunt for queens. I just adopted a Solenopsis geminata from our Local GAN Farmer. Very friendly and willing to help me as a beginner with this hobby. Transaction is easy and fast. Couple of Do’s and Don’ts reminders before he handed over the adopted queen. After a couple of weeks, I already had my new batch of eggs and ants. Very active and always hungry colony, they love and finish every meal-worm I gave them. I love to watch them find the food and call other ants to help bring the food near the nest’s opening. It is very cool and convenient that a project like this exists. I cannot wait to adopt another species of queen ant. Thanks AntsCanada and More Power.” -Raymond (Manila, Philippines)
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) 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. A 1 time registration fee of $20 CAD also applies.