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Waps7619
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Monomorium pharaonis species not accepting any food

Post: # 19333Post Waps7619
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:41 am

I caught a colony of pharao's ant while they were shifting yesterday there are 5 queens, some brood and around 12 workers. I have kept them in a testtube setup and one side is covered and is dark and the other side with the entrance is uncovered which receives light. They have settled down on the dark side so I gave them a slice of apple for carbohydrate and and a grasshopper leg which I tore it open so that they can get the protein, and place both of them on the part which receives light but they were not eating it so after waiting for the whole day, so last night I pushed the food towards the dark side in which they reside and they seemed to have a heart attack ha ha ha! And I hope that they will take small bites out of what I have given them. Is there anything I did wrong or anything I need to do?

Martialis
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Re: Monomorium pharaonis species not accepting any food

Post: # 19335Post Martialis
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:45 am

They are most likely adapting to their new conditions. Leave them alone and they'll be fine.
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jwatson16202
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Re: Monomorium pharaonis species not accepting any food

Post: # 19339Post jwatson16202
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:36 am

Most ants will be fine for a few days without food as long as they have water

Leave them be to settle for a day or two before disturbing them further
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Waps7619
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Re: Monomorium pharaonis species not accepting any food

Post: # 19404Post Waps7619
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:30 pm

Thanks 4 your answers. I took me time to get registered but it's definately worth it.

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