Feeding ideas and insect "farming"

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Idahoantguy
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Feeding ideas and insect "farming"

Post: # 23746Post Idahoantguy
Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:29 pm

I was trying to find out about feeding ants their protein source and I had a couple of questions. 1. I saw someone on this forum say that they feed their ants bee larvae. I have a bee hive and i was wondering if freezing the larvae for long periods of time would decrease the potency or effectiveness at feeding the ants. 2. I thought I saw a video on YouTube at some point that talked about how to farm crickets and meal/super worms. I tried to find it again but couldn't: so I was wondering if any of you guys raise crickets or worms, and if you do how do you do it? I thought I saw something for worms where you keep them in oatmeal with fresh veggies for food and water. Is that a good way to raise them and keep them mating? I know this is a lot of words so thanks for your time and help! :D
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Re: Feeding ideas and insect "farming"

Post: # 23748Post Batspiderfish
Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:10 pm

I raise Tenebrio molitor (mealworms) Dubia blaptica (tropical roaches) and Drosophila melanogaster (vinegar flies). It's probably way easier than raiding a bee hive. You can find lots of resources online as to how to raise these.

I recommend the wingless Drosophila, since they are very easy to raise and grow very quickly. They are also eagerly accepted by most ant species.
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Re: Feeding ideas and insect "farming"

Post: # 23749Post Idahoantguy
Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:22 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:10 pm
It's probably way easier than raiding a bee hive.
My family owns a domestic hive (they live in a box with frames) and the drone comb they produce is not necessary for the colony so I cut it out anyway. It has the larvae, would that make a difference?
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Re: Feeding ideas and insect "farming"

Post: # 23761Post Serafine
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:31 am

I feed my Camponotus bee larvae and pupae I got from a friend who had to cut his bee brood. They love them, even more than spiders. (Still have half a frame in my freezer.)
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Re: Feeding ideas and insect "farming"

Post: # 23791Post Idahoantguy
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:21 pm

Serafine wrote:
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:31 am
I feed my Camponotus bee larvae and pupae I got from a friend who had to cut his bee brood. They love them, even more than spiders. (Still have half a frame in my freezer.)
Ok cool!
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Re: Feeding ideas and insect "farming"

Post: # 23840Post idahoantgirl
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:14 pm

Thats cool that you have a hive. My family has been wanted to get one, but we have a rod iron fence so it wont work. Were planning on putting it in one of my friends backyards. Shhh, don't tell them. :lol: jk.
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Re: Feeding ideas and insect "farming"

Post: # 23873Post Idahoantguy
Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:43 am

idahoantgirl wrote:
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:14 pm
Thats cool that you have a hive. My family has been wanted to get one, but we have a rod iron fence so it wont work. Were planning on putting it in one of my friends backyards. Shhh, don't tell them. :lol: jk.
Haha! I'm unaware of any conflict with keeping bees and having a rod iron fence... Hopefully it will work out!
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