Meat

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TippyDisc911
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Meat

Post: # 29546Post TippyDisc911
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:49 am

Hey I was wondering if lunchmeat (turkey, ham, etc) is a reliable source of protein for my ants. My Formica subsericea queen is about to have to first adult worker!
Keeping:
Formica subsericea: 1 worker
Tetramourium sp. e: (soon to be colony)
solenopsis molesta: (soon to be colony)

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Jadeninja9
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Re: Meat

Post: # 29550Post Jadeninja9
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:38 pm

TippyDisc911 wrote:
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:49 am
Hey I was wondering if lunchmeat (turkey, ham, etc) is a reliable source of protein for my ants. My Formica subsericea queen is about to have to first adult worker!
It's better if the colony is an older one because the ants themselves can't chew food. They give it to the larvae, which have the chewing parts. It would take more energy for a smaller colony to do this, so giving them insects is way better cause they can just suck up the guts.
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averagebilly
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Re: Meat

Post: # 29567Post averagebilly
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:33 pm

I've tried ham with a small colony before, and they couldn't consume even the tiny piece I gave them before it started rotting.
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TippyDisc911
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Re: Meat

Post: # 29583Post TippyDisc911
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:16 pm

Thanks guys
Keeping:
Formica subsericea: 1 worker
Tetramourium sp. e: (soon to be colony)
solenopsis molesta: (soon to be colony)

"The ant's a centaur in his dragon world"-Ezra Pound

Dream species: Atta Texana

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