Ant colony with queen ant

By worldalive


Are you interested by the fascinating world of ants? If so, it’s time for you to discover what they do in their ant farms. If you already have a World Alive Ant-Safari or an Antworks gel habitat you can order your ants online and receive 10 to 20 ants with a queen in a tube and enough food for them to survive during their trip to your house.Ants are social insects, which means they live in big colonies or groups, the queen ant is on the contrary solitary. There are tree types of ants in every colony: the queen, the sterile workers and the males.

Observe how ants live and learn how they reproduce, communicate and work together to dig tunnels! Ants tap each other with their antennae and produce chemical pheromones and leave a trail enabling the other ants to follow them when searching for food. Notice how the worker ants are in charge of taking care of and defending the ant farm and bringing food to the queen.


The main ant is the “queen”, she is the only one capable of laying eggs. A queen ant can live up to 15 years or more during which she will continuously lay eggs. If you want to have a queen ant in your anthill be aware that you will have many generations of ants during many years; it will therefore be your responsibility to take care of them.

Once fertilized, the queen ant will detach her wings if they don’t automatically fall off and dig a small chamber where she will remain until the next year.

After a short period of time she starts laying eggs that become workers.

When the larvae are born, the queen feeds them with her own saliva. Because of this, the first workers are born smaller. Once they are able to leave the queen’s chamber they will provide the queen with food.

The nest has to be located out of sunlight and in a place where temperatures don’t vary much. The ants can die quickly if the nest receives direct sunshine. For the ants wellbeing it is preferable to not bother them, move the habitat or shake it. The larvae and pupae require humidity in order to ensure their entire development. If you wish to observe the ants’ entire life cycle you have to provide them with the adequate temperature and humidity level. If you have an Ant-Safari habitat you have to keep it humid (wet the soil with 5ml of water 1 to 2 times per week depending on the season); use red cellophane to protect them from light.

Remember: respect all living beings. Please follow the instructions carefully in order to help these new beings hatch and grow safely. You will be proud of having helped them develop into healthy adult insects.

Suitable for kids aged 5+ who appreciate nature and are interested in Ants.

Please note: Insects proceed from a special biological laboratory. If you purchase both the kit and the eggs, they will be sent to you separately.

 Please, note we do not ship insects to countries outside the European Union.
Live insects are posted Mondays only (by mail), to avoid the insects spending the weekend in the post. Orders can take up to 21 days to be received. If you have not received your order within 21 days, contact us by e-mail through the contact area link on this website.

If the package does not fit in your mail box, you will receive a note to collect it at the post-office. In that case you should collect it as soon as possible because your insects can not live in the package indefinitely.