Care Level: Easy
Founding Type: Claustral
Setup: At the founding stage, a test tube setup or founding chamber with a water source is sufficient. Once the number of workers exceeds ~25, they should be moved into a small nest.
Diet: Queens do not require feeding until workers arrive. When workers arrive, feed sugars and protein regularly.
Queen size: 7-9mm
Worker size: 2-3mm
The most commonly found ant in Australia, black pavement ants are spread across the entire country. If you see a small black ant around the house, chances are, it’s these guys. These are considered one of the best ant species for beginner ant keepers, as they are small, require minimal care, and the queens are very easy to raise. Their numbers grow quickly, making them ideal for someone who wants a colony quickly and simply.