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

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. The project also encourages responsible ant keeping through promoting the keeping of local ant species, as opposed to ordering ant colonies through the mail which is both illegal in many areas and potentially disastrous to a local ecosystem. 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?

The AntsCanada Global Ant Nursery aims at promoting the keeping of native ant species and not species imported from other areas.

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, Ontario, Canada (2 GAN Farmers)
Available species: Formica sp., Tetramorium sp. E, Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Formica sp., Lasius sp.

Costa Mesa/Los Angeles, California, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) sp., NEW!!! Pogonomyrmex subnitidus, Pogonomyrmex californicus (bicolor)
Sonora/Sacramento/San Francisco, California, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: NEW!!! Camponotus laevigatus, Camponotus sp.
NEW!!! Boston/Westminster/Springfield, Massacheusetts, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Phoenix, Arizona, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Sold out for the season
Urbana/Chicago, Illinois, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Camponotus sp, Formica pallidefulva
Columbus, Ohio, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: NEW!!! Tetramorium sp E
Orlando, Florida, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: NEW!!! Camponotus tortuganus, Pogonomyrmex badius
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: NEW!!! Brachymyrmex depilis

NEW!!! Mexico City, Mexico (1 GAN Farmer)
Available speciesSolenopsis invicta


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: Messor barbarus


Melbourne/Cheltenham, Australia (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Iridomyrmex sp., Pheidole sp.
Adelaide, Australia (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Iridomyrmex sp.


Manila, Philippines (2 GAN Farmers)
Available species: Oecophylla  smaragdina
Singapore, Singapore (1 GAN Farmer)
Available species: Camponotus sp., Crematogaster sp.,

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:

“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 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.

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  1. AntsPhilippines | July 9, 2013

    How can I buy?

    • Raymond | July 14, 2013

      Watch the video dude. :D
      I’m still waiting on the GAN site. Dunno why I can’t see the site on the said URL.

    • Oyo | August 7, 2013

      Got my Oecophylla smaragdina Queen with first Nanitic from the GAN Program. After a week new batch of eggs and larvae will soon be new sets of Ants. Cheers!

      • Oyo | August 7, 2013

        Wrong copy paste. Its Solenopsis geminata not Oecophylla smaragdina. Haha you can remove my posts. thanks

    • CaliforniaAntz | July 21, 2014

      I am waiting for a GAN farmer to be in san francuisco because i only want to go to san francisco and not sonora

  2. Ranexes | July 10, 2013

    I need to buy a queen for Queensland Australia :’( Because i cannot find a way to find suitable ants!

    • AntsCanada | July 10, 2013

      Still looking for GAN Farmers in Oz. Hang tight! :)

      • Ranexes | July 13, 2013

        Thanks AntsCanada! All of my ant farms have failed :(

      • ethanantsrule | December 19, 2013

        I watch ur videos and ur awesome tell me some good places to buy queen ants from for usa manly north carolina north wilkesboro thanks

  3. Dante2211 | July 10, 2013

    i want a queen in ohio

    • AntsCanada | July 10, 2013

      Pls email us at

    • AntsCanada | July 12, 2013

      We now have a GAN Farmer in Ohio.

      • kiddcell | January 15, 2014

        I’m excited to get started. I just sent an email asking about the GAN in Columbus. Any information would be great. It’s winter here, is it too late to get a queen? Do I have to wait until Spring?

  4. larrywar2 | July 10, 2013

    Hey do u have anyone in New York selling a queen

    • AntsCanada | July 10, 2013

      Not yet. Only those listed at the moment, but keep checking back for updates on our GAN Farmer team for New York recruits. :)

    • burningsniper64 | April 25, 2014

      A gan farmer just opened up in new york lucky you.

  5. Facebook - Ryan Swanepoel | July 11, 2013

    would love some farmers in NZ

  6. wundown | July 14, 2013

    Need some in the los angeles ca area

  7. omgitznicki | July 14, 2013

    if anyone is interested in buying queens in Delaware please post because I would be very wiling to do this next year to help. I would like to make sure there is a demand before I collect ants I wont have room to care for. thanks!

    • melrex | July 31, 2013

      i live in salisbury maryland

    • antluv14 | January 4, 2014

      OOOHHH! ME!

    • Facebook - Jessica Gail | May 30, 2014

      Hi, I live in Delaware, do u still have queens for sale?

      • AntsCanada | May 30, 2014

        Unfortunately, we do not have a GAN Farmer in Delaware as of yet. I hope someone signs up soon so we can hook you up. Keep checking back. :)

  8. burningsniper64 | July 15, 2013

    waiting for ants in wisconsin.

  9. danielraby | July 22, 2013

    cant find website for getting ants

    • AntsCanada | July 23, 2013

      It’s here on the site. Click on the QUEENS FOR SALE above.

      • akunt | January 19, 2014

        antcanada i did all requirement for getting a listed pricing an I live in california near los angeles

  10. thejarvyvv | July 26, 2013

    Wait for ants in Florida

  11. explosivebeagle | July 28, 2013

    Also when will test tubes be one of your products again? i’d really like to obtain some

  12. Facebook - Dane Montecalvo | July 29, 2013

    We need A GAN farmer in California

  13. explosivebeagle | July 30, 2013

    How much is the pogo qeen

  14. Facebook - Dane Montecalvo | July 30, 2013

    I think Antimidation Should be a GAN Farmer for California. Look on his channel on YouTube.

    • AntsCanada | July 30, 2013

      I have asked him. He used to be a GAN Farmer when our GAN Project was first launched three years ago. Hang tight!

  15. explosivebeagle | July 30, 2013

    Ill order one later

  16. d02672441 | July 30, 2013

    Anyone in the Washington DC area. DC, Maryland, VA. Definitely looking.

  17. al3x2590 | July 31, 2013

    do you have a GAN Farmer in Cali yet ??

    • AntsCanada | July 31, 2013

      No, we do not yet. We are hoping to recruit some by this year. Keep checking back :)

  18. wundown | August 2, 2013

    Still waiting for los Angeles California

  19. al3x2590 | August 5, 2013

    CALI !!! where you at ??

  20. kitinn | August 7, 2013

    hi . what type of ants are available in singapore?

    • AntsCanada | August 9, 2013

      Please email us at for a full species/price list. :) Thank you!

      • Facebook - Celvin Jan Villamar Manlapaz | March 30, 2014

        mikey i how i can buy in this site im so tired na po kaka rent sa computer shop to email you please reply me how much is the crematogaster sp. and lasius niger

        • AntsCanada | April 8, 2014

          Where do you live?

  21. Facebook - Chris Robinson | August 15, 2013

    Any Ant Keepers around Central / Boston, MA willing to part with a queen?

  22. cookie11 | August 18, 2013

    Errrr i just need one in Colorado and im good to go :)

  23. al3x2590 | August 19, 2013

    someone need a Solenopsis Invicta Queen in CALIFORNIA

    • toenhi | October 7, 2013

      Is the SI queen still available?

      • AntsCanada | October 8, 2013

        What is the SI queen? Not sure what you mean.

        • toenhi | October 23, 2013

          Sorry, I was asking if the Solenopsis Invicta (SI) queen was still available in California.

  24. Moshack | August 24, 2013

    Great forum but I feel all alone in Japan. Very few hobbyist here. I got two colonies of Componotus Japanicus from a guy that runs the “Ant Room” near Tokyo. One of the groups has 3 Queens living together in Harmony. They have a great website but its all in Japanese.

  25. the1cyrus | September 7, 2013

    Anyone in Charlotte, North Carolina with queens?

  26. JA4 | September 29, 2013

    is there a GAN farmer in Australia near brisbane

    • AntsCanada | September 29, 2013

      Unfortunately, we do not have a GAN Farmer in Australia as of yet. We will let everyone know on the GAN Project page when we finally do. :) Thanks for visit us here at Hope we can find someone for you soon! :)

  27. JA4 | September 29, 2013

    which is in australia in qweensland

  28. JA4 | September 29, 2013


  29. Facebook - Frank Covington | October 12, 2013

    I need a queen in Oklahoma and I’m new to this and kinda need a farm for the colony

    • AntsCanada | October 17, 2013

      Hopefully someone applies from Oklahoma to be a Global Ant Nursery Farmer! Crossing fingers for you, Frank! :)

  30. jake001 | October 17, 2013

    please try to sell queens to California

  31. Facebook - Ben Erickson | December 23, 2013

    do you need someone from mls minnesota in your guy

    • AntsCanada | December 27, 2013

      Sure. Be sure to look into our GAN Project!

  32. KyleAndAnts | January 17, 2014

    Hey, mikey
    Im a fan of your videos for ages, but only recently got an account. Now i see you have been looking for someone in oz? Well i might just be your guy

  33. kiddcell | January 22, 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.

    • AntsCanada | January 24, 2014

      FANTastic! Great to hear and we at AntsCanada wish you luck with your new promising ant colony. Thank you for being a part of the GAN Project and for choosing AntsCanada formicariums. -Mikey

  34. KyleAndAnts | January 22, 2014

    Hey i dont know what queens i have?
    Is there anyway you could tell me? Through a picture. Some how?

  35. KyleAndAnts | January 25, 2014

    Hey me again sorry. My queen ant is about 2-3 centimeters long. It has light lines on her abdomen. And it has tacken about 1 year and finaly she has 1 adult ant as of today

  36. KyleAndAnts | January 27, 2014

    Any ideas of what my queen is?

  37. dylan | January 29, 2014

    Ants Canada I really want an ant queen but I live in Australia Vic and I can’t ring one can you help

  38. KyleAndAnts | February 2, 2014

    Hey Mikey,
    Thanks for all the tips. My ant queens now have about 9 ant adult workers. Even though it took 1 year. It has been worth it. Its so exiting! How many ants do u think is the maximum in a test tube? The workers are about 1 or 2 millimeters? I would love to guy one of your large omni nests! But i sore u have a new nest? Im going to check it out on your youtube channel now. Thanks Mikey! You can remove my comments

    • AntsCanada | February 3, 2014

      Good luck on your colony, friend. Sometimes I have as much as 50 workers living in a testbtube. :)

  39. Facebook - Etienne Martel | February 6, 2014

    hello antscanada i failed to join you on msn so im gona try here… can you sale me a queen here in Québec? and can you tell me your prices, and species avalable for my region thx

    • AntsCanada | February 7, 2014

      Hello Etienne! Can you kindly email us at contact-us[at] about this?

      • Facebook - Etienne Martel | February 7, 2014

        sorry somme times a a bite of a noob in computer things didint understood the (at) ment (@) lol sry my fault xD

  40. antluv14 | February 18, 2014

    I have two questions:
    1) Can I be eligible to become a GAN farmer if I am under 18 but have a guardian who is willing to help?
    2) Can I still become a GAN farmer if I don’t have any current colonies to sell?

    I really want to become a GAN farmer just to give ant keepers in Wilmington, Delaware a break from having to find their own queens; plus, there might be more queens for me to find! lol

    • AntsCanada | February 28, 2014


      Yes you can if your guardian acts as the GAN Farmer and signs the agreement upon sign up and 2) yes, you do need at least 1 queen with at least 1 worker upon sign up. We would love to have you be a GAN Farmer for Delaware so message us when you do have a colony to sell. Good luck! Ant season is beginning now!:)

  41. Totteswipe | February 24, 2014

    Are antscanada selling to Finland?

  42. DevilDeals | February 26, 2014

    Need a Scotland GAN since Only is one from UK that is only for England not Scotland so, basicly not UK lol only one sided.

  43. Ant-LikeReflexes | March 13, 2014

    I’m thinking about collecting on a bigger scale this year if I think there’s a demand.
    I’m in Gladstone in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and should be able to serve most
    of the U.P. due to my centralized location. I’m not a registered GAN farmer now, but may in the future. I have 9 separate queens all with eggs and brood which I collected on the flight that occurred 8/27/2013 right here in town. (on the sidewalks) I’m just
    getting into this, so I’m not ready to get rid of anything yet.

    • AntsCanada | March 16, 2014

      Looking forward to having you on the team! :)

    • kevin thomas | April 16, 2014

      I like buy One Queen Ant & Work

  44. Facebook - Grant Barnes | April 23, 2014

    I am wondering if you have a GAN in Corning New York or in that area? If so than i am wondering what types of ants that person sells. Also wondering how many qeens I should get for 1 colony and how big the terrarium should be. I will study Myrmecology when im in college. Thanks!

    • AntsCanada | April 28, 2014

      Please email us at contact-us[AT]

  45. mani1307 | April 26, 2014

    Eating gang farmers in South Africa Durban

  46. Facebook - Cooper McArthur | May 20, 2014

    Can you ship to winnipeg, Manitoba in canada

  47. Steffen | May 26, 2014

    just caught 2 queens, for about 1 ½ weeks ago. I put them in testtubes that I’ve seen you do many times on youtube. but when I would check them out today, they were both dead. what can I have done wrong? I have put the cotton plug too tight in so they could not get air? or is it something else possibly? they have been in the closet, leaving them in the dark. and let them be until today. I know it’s not much to go by. but do you have any suggestions, AntsCanada?

    • AntsCanada | May 26, 2014

      Do you have photos of them? Could they have been males? Or perhaps they were not fertilized. Unfertilized queens often die when test tubed.

      • Steffen | May 27, 2014

        no sorry :( first thought of taking a picture after I made a sacrifice to the big bin :P
        and im pretty sure it aint males. if males should look just a tiny bit like wasps, then it shouldnt be males. but ofc i cant tell you about the species. and if the danish male ants look like the queens :P
        but it could be that they are not fertilized. we dont have nuptial flights yet. so they might just have gotten lost, and stumped outside the nest :P

      • Steffen | July 12, 2014

        Im sure i got it this time :) caught 10 queens yesterday. several of them already got eggs. so i got more than plenty of queens :D but i feelt so cruel moving one of the queens to her test tube because, from the time i caught her, till i got home and made test tubes for them, she had already laid 2 eggs. and i couldnt realy move both her and her eggs. :( but shouldnt she be fine whitout her first two eggs?

        • AntsCanada | July 13, 2014

          Yeah it’s delicate stuff. She will lay more. :)

  48. EricMN | May 29, 2014

    Seriously need someone in central MN or Western Wisco =D

  49. KyleWithAmazingAnts | June 22, 2014

    Dude i lost my ants for a few months they only had water and every single one of them is still alive but the queen isnt producing eggs help!?

    • AntsCanada | June 22, 2014

      You really need to feed them. Start with a drop of honey water and a crush insect body part.

  50. KyleWithAmazingAnts | June 22, 2014

    How can i get my 1 queen to produce lots of eggs?

  51. KyleWithAmazingAnts | June 22, 2014

    I think my queen is a Iridomyrmex sp and they take forever for the eggs to hatch ants

  52. KyleWithAmazingAnts | June 23, 2014

    They refuse to eat dead crickets because there are only about 13 ants not including the queen in a test tube?

  53. rmolendyk | July 8, 2014

    I sure hope some come to Las Vegas, or at least Nevada(where I live). It feels impossible to maintain humidity in habitats for a foreign species of ant. I’d love a native species so the habitat requirements are easier to provide.

    • nevadawantsants | July 15, 2014

      you and me both man, same city too

  54. Brudeiro | July 11, 2014

    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)

  55. Facebook - Fabian Eduardo Bentura Neira | July 12, 2014

    para peru

  56. nevadawantsants | July 14, 2014

    Hello, i am a new ant farmer, i will just say right now though, i dont like the term and “farmer” but oh well,but i would like to know if any Nevada, USA GAN farmers are coming soon?

  57. AntsCanada | November 29, 2013

    Yes, it is illegal in many places and it is ecologically dangerous. It is a practice not supported by the scientific community so we do not condone nor practice shipping queens or whole colonies in the mail. It is also dangerous for the ants themselves due to many reasons including temperature, food provision, water, etc.

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