Pill Bugs

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Pill Bugs

Post: # 23488Post Jadeninja9
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:58 pm

Are pill bugs a good food source for a camponotus in it's founding stage? I know I could feed them crickets but I don't have any right now and there are tons of pill bugs around my house.
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Re: Pill Bugs

Post: # 23489Post Aquaexploder
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:17 pm

I fed a pill bug to my Myrmica queen and she kind of ate it, but it wasn't her favorite. Also when I pre-killed the pill bug i noticed it was mostly just shell and not a lot of guts. Does your queen have nanatics or workers? If not you do not need to feed her because Camponotus are fully claustral.
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Re: Pill Bugs

Post: # 23493Post Jadeninja9
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:43 pm

Aquaexploder wrote:
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:17 pm
I fed a pill bug to my Myrmica queen and she kind of ate it, but it wasn't her favorite. Also when I pre-killed the pill bug i noticed it was mostly just shell and not a lot of guts. Does your queen have nanatics or workers? If not you do not need to feed her because Camponotus are fully claustral.
Yeah she already has 2 workers.
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Re: Pill Bugs

Post: # 23504Post Serafine
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:03 am

Camponotus usually prefer small to medium-sized spiders. Spiders are around everywhere and rather easy to catch, doesn't matter if it's the webby ones or the jumpy ones. Just put them into the freezer for a few hours.
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Re: Pill Bugs

Post: # 23514Post Jadeninja9
Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:24 pm

Serafine wrote:
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:03 am
Camponotus usually prefer small to medium-sized spiders. Spiders are around everywhere and rather easy to catch, doesn't matter if it's the webby ones or the jumpy ones. Just put them into the freezer for a few hours.
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Re: Pill Bugs

Post: # 23515Post Serafine
Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:36 pm

Spiders are actually the only food my Camponotus barbarcius queen eats herself (usually she gets fed by the workers).
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