Introduction & Overview

Keeping aphaenogaster rudis is fun because they eat a lot of food and are constantly active. Some populations of rudis are polygynous as well. This species needs a lot of food, but they don't need sugars as much. When feeding sugars, I would give them solid sugars over regulars sugars, because it is easier for them to collect.

Common Name

Funnel ants

Queen Size

10 mm

Worker Size

7 mm

Characteristics

Beginner Friendly
Stinging
Fully Claustral
Polygyne
Monogyne
Granivore

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Queen Identification

1. aphaenogaster in eastern north america

2. will nest anywhere

3. black head and gaster with a red thorax

4. small spines

5. commonly confused with Aphaenogaster carolinensis

Founding setup

no special care required

Temperature

They do not care

Humidity

Medium

no special care required

Time to first workers

5 weeks heated, 6.5 weeks unheated

Sensitivity concerns

death

no special care required

Tubs and tubes

they will take all feeder insects, and they do not need much sugar

Formicarium

no special care required

Notes

A lot of people keep this species, and for good reason as well!

Final Thoughts

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Aphaenogaster rudis