Spiders

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antnest8
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Spiders

Post: # 33635Post antnest8
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:14 pm

I've seen a lot of posts saying spiders were a great food source. while I was outside today flipping over rocks I found some spiders. they were easy to catch because they were slowed from the freezing temperatures. I don't want to feed them to my colonies because i've been told to not feed wild insects, are spiders a exception?
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Re: Spiders

Post: # 33637Post antnest8
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:36 pm

Guys the most amazing thing just happened. why i was spider hunting i flipped over a log and found two beautiful queens! Not what i was expecting my hands are shaking with excitement. i was surprised how close to the surface they were they. they are not camponotus and had no brood. also they were less than one inch apart.

and this is when it is exactly 32 F !
keeper of
2 lasius umbratus/neoniger colony
1 queen colony of prenolepis
3 C. pennsylvanicus
3 C novaeboracensis
1 Myrmica queen
1 tapinoma sessile colony

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Re: Spiders

Post: # 33639Post antnest8
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:53 pm

here is the link to the identification page,http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=5463
keeper of
2 lasius umbratus/neoniger colony
1 queen colony of prenolepis
3 C. pennsylvanicus
3 C novaeboracensis
1 Myrmica queen
1 tapinoma sessile colony

idahoantgirl
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Re: Spiders

Post: # 33644Post idahoantgirl
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:45 pm

I have heard of people boiling spiders to make it safe for their colonies, but I can't attest to how safe it is.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Lasius Neoniger

Cartil
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Re: Spiders

Post: # 34906Post Cartil
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:42 pm

I think the danger comes from pesticides and parasites they could carry. Even though they are alive, some insects/spiders can carry residues of pesticides on their skin. Boiling them would reduce the quality of the proteins for the ants but solve the problem of parasites. Not sure about the pesticides though...

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