Preparing for first colony (advice needed)

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Re: Preparing for first colony (advice needed)

Post: # 15921Post Cale3459
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:36 pm

Hey that's what we are all here for! We want to help each other be successful. Keep that enthusiasm and keep us updated!
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Re: Preparing for first colony (advice needed)

Post: # 15924Post Batspiderfish
Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:52 pm

I recommend vinegar flies as an early food source because they reproduce many times more quickly and are easily foraged by ants of all sizes. Larger insects should be given to more mature colonies.
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Re: Preparing for first colony (advice needed)

Post: # 15925Post Dreslin
Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:35 pm

Interesting, I haven't heard of vinegar flies before. I intended on simply feeding baby dubias to the young colony, however you're right - a massive roach like a dubia would be quite the meal for a small - medium colony. I'll look more into the vinegar flies as a temporary feeder insect. (I also plan on feeding the dubias to a Bearded Dragon)

Thank you for the advice. :)

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Re: Preparing for first colony (advice needed)

Post: # 15926Post Batspiderfish
Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:01 pm

Vinegar flies is the correct common name for what we call "fruit flies", which used to describe a totally different insect. :geek:
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Re: Preparing for first colony (advice needed)

Post: # 15931Post Dreslin
Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:14 am

Intriguing :ugeek:

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Re: Preparing for first colony (advice needed)

Post: # 18216Post natbohman
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:12 pm

I'm new to the site but I am really getting into these ants. I want to start my own colony but where can I get a queen ant (in Maryland)? Also, some of the information is far too techy for me. Any suggested reading for us low level learners (less scientific names/words)?

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