Prenolepis imparis care tips

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Prenolepis imparis care tips

Post: # 19699Post Pineapple
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:31 am

3 days ago i caught a prenolepis imparis queen and have a few questions.
What do they like to eat(protein,sugars)?

How long until she will lay eggs?

Do they like their nests to be moist, damp or in the middle?

Thankyou!
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Re: Prenolepis imparis care tips

Post: # 19988Post Aquaexploder
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:13 am

1. Not sure

2. 2 weeks

3. Not sure
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Re: Prenolepis imparis care tips

Post: # 19992Post Martialis
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:47 am

  • 1. I believe sugars; protein is for the brood to develop.

    2. It varies.

    3. I believe they like a somewhat moist nest.
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Re: Prenolepis imparis care tips

Post: # 20001Post ultraex2
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:57 am

Pineapple wrote:
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:31 am
3 days ago i caught a prenolepis imparis queen and have a few questions.
What do they like to eat(protein,sugars)?

How long until she will lay eggs?

Do they like their nests to be moist, damp or in the middle?

Thankyou!
1. Honey, sugar water for sugars and I know that people have fed them wax worms - I've seen them in the wild eating earthworms and soil centipedes too.

2. I caught a dozen of these queens and I had no eggs after the first week, and at least 4 of them have piles of eggs now after the second week.

3. I haven't found a %, but it seems people say high so probably 60%+

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Re: Prenolepis imparis care tips

Post: # 20033Post Pineapple
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:08 pm

Thankyou everybody, this really helped!
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