What to feed tetramorium sp. E

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fiercedude
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What to feed tetramorium sp. E

Post: # 15885Post fiercedude
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:50 pm

So I'm planning to start my first ant colony this summer, and I'm having trouble figuring out what tetramorium sp. E eats. Most of what comes up when I look it up, is stuff from pest control websites saying what it eats when it comes into your house, which I doubt is food that those ants naturally eat. So what should I feed tetramorium sp. E? Thanks.

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Re: What to feed tetramorium sp. E

Post: # 15887Post Batspiderfish
Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:23 pm

The standard diet for ants is insects, fruits, and sugary liquid.
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Re: What to feed tetramorium sp. E

Post: # 15898Post fiercedude
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:42 am

I know that, I was more wondering what types of those foods Tetramorium sp. E eats. Can it be given just any type of insect or fruit?

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Re: What to feed tetramorium sp. E

Post: # 15899Post Batspiderfish
Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:28 am

There's nothing particularly unique about the Tetramorium nutritional needs, except that they will also accept small seeds (to supplement their diet, not replace it.)
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Re: What to feed tetramorium sp. E

Post: # 15901Post Serafine
Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:40 am

Basic food:

1) Water
- Best offered in a test tube

2) Sugar sources
- Honey
- Sugar water
- Hummingbird nectar
- Marple sirup

3) Protein sources in the form of dead insects)
- Fruit flies (best for young colonies)
- Mealworms, Superworms
- Crickets
- Roaches (for very big colonies)

4) Additional food
- Seeds and small nuts like sesame seeds (they are usually most happily accepted in fall before the colony goes into hibernation)
- Sweet fruit
- Experimentals (cat food, dog food, cooked meat, fruit jelly, protein bars, etc.)

Tetramorium are very opportunistic and accept a broad variety of food. Just try out what sorts of food they like and what is rejected. It'll be rather obvious.
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