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Re: First post.... lots of questions probably!

Post by dermy on Thu May 07, 2015 6:44 am

Tony, I recommend trying out many different things then just one insect variety is the key, I wouldn't like eating the same thing all the time I'm sure ants are the same.
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Post by swishtony on Wed May 13, 2015 5:40 pm

Hi again, still struggling along but not sure I'm doing things right as far as food goes!

Have tried the protein jellies, they are not interested it seems. Killed a big fat fly the other day and squashed it up a bit then placed it into the foraging area. Loads of activity initially which I thought was them eating it but they have dragged it into the nest and seem to have added it to the things they are using to build their nest. It has been in the test tube for about 3 days now and it does not seem to have been eaten or changed shape so I'm assuming IF they ate any of it they are now no longer eating it. Would they just eat the inners of the insect or the whole thing including the outer bits, wings etc?

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Re: First post.... lots of questions probably!

Post by dermy on Thu May 14, 2015 3:41 am

The ants usually just eat the insides, and I've also noticed small colonies like to keep things in their nests for a bit, slowly eating away at them.
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Post by Guest on Thu May 14, 2015 1:07 pm

How many ants and larvae make up the numbers of this colony?

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Post by dermy on Thu May 14, 2015 1:10 pm

Yes more larvae would mean the ants need more protein then if they have none or very few larvae.
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Re: First post.... lots of questions probably!

Post by swishtony on Thu May 14, 2015 1:47 pm

Not sure if it can even be called a colony yet! I put some tape over the test tube so the queen could be in darkness. Therefore can't really see into the nest to see how many.

Just tried a wax worm, squished it and put it in. Within a few minutes about 5 ants were all over it. I assume those are all workers although only 2 of them seem large and always foraging. The others are a bit smaller and only seem to appear when there is fresh food to devour. So far they seem to be living the worm.

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Post by Guest on Thu May 14, 2015 1:49 pm

If you have a vary small colony with no larvae or a vary small number of larvae you'll find your ants will not always be hungry and not forage vary much. My Lasius niger colony was vary small when I first got it and there were hardly ever ants out, but now some two years later there are loads of ants with loads of foraging and eating. Smile

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Post by dermy on Thu May 14, 2015 4:23 pm

Yes and to answer your "bigger ant" question could be the next generation of ants. The first generation of Nantics are really small because the queen raises them on her fat reserves, every generation afterwards [assuming there is food] gets larger, and eventually they are normal size for the species.
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Post by swishtony on Fri May 15, 2015 3:05 am

Ok thanks for all the info again! I'm going away for 12 days and although I could get someone to feed the ants it might be a bit of a pain. They have pretty much devoured the whole wax worm in the last 24 hours, which surprised me as there do not seem that many ants! How long can they go without food? Should I just put another worm in before I go or is it critical they eat regularly, obviously I don't want to put them under any stress so if they need to eat more regularly I will get someone to come in. Thanks!

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Post by dermy on Fri May 15, 2015 8:32 am

Hmm 12 days could be rough for a colony, maybe put them in the fridge to "hibernate them" I know it's safe to leave them for a bit without food but I'm unsure of 12 Days. Myrm has left ants alone for awhile before maybe he can help!
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Post by dermy on Mon May 25, 2015 10:34 am

How is this colony doing now?
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