EMERGENCY PHARAOH QUEEN

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SamuelMamuel
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EMERGENCY PHARAOH QUEEN

Post: # 23167Post SamuelMamuel
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:11 pm

I found a possible pharaoh ant colony. They are about 1.5 mm long and the queen is about 5 mm. I don't know what to give them. They are so small I don't think they would eat bugs. What do i feed them besides honey? HELP!!!
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Re: EMERGENCY PHARAOH QUEEN

Post: # 23172Post Martialis
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:58 am

I think you should post an ID request. Pharaoh ants are unlikely outside the tropics.
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Re: EMERGENCY PHARAOH QUEEN

Post: # 23177Post SamuelMamuel
Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:54 pm

Martialis wrote:
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:58 am
I think you should post an ID request. Pharaoh ants are unlikely outside the tropics.
I live in Oregon not the tropics. I am fairly certain that they are pharaoh ants. They match all the descriptions I have seen. So what would I feed pharaoh ants if that's what they are? They are so small.
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Re: EMERGENCY PHARAOH QUEEN

Post: # 23178Post Nathant
Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:24 pm

Not Pharaoh ants if you live in Oregon and found them outside. The invasive Monomorium pharaonis, the Pharaoh ant, can only survive in heated buildings in the USA. They might be Solenopsis molesta or a closely related species.

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Re: EMERGENCY PHARAOH QUEEN

Post: # 23179Post SamuelMamuel
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:08 pm

Nathant wrote:
Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:24 pm
Not Pharaoh ants if you live in Oregon and found them outside. The invasive Monomorium pharaonis, the Pharaoh ant, can only survive in heated buildings in the USA. They might be Solenopsis molesta or a closely related species.
They are 2 mm long. They are Tan/Golden brown. I was thinking maybe Lasius Flavus. I will head to the ID center soon. Either way, what should I feed ants so small?
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Re: EMERGENCY PHARAOH QUEEN

Post: # 23193Post Batspiderfish
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:34 pm

Small soft-bodied insects like Drosophila are accepted by practically all ants. Be careful about feeding sugars to small species, because it's easy for them to get stuck. Offer their sugar soaked in a piece of cotton or coffee filter.
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Post: # 23204Post SamuelMamuel
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:01 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:34 pm
Small soft-bodied insects like Drosophila are accepted by practically all ants. Be careful about feeding sugars to small species, because it's easy for them to get stuck. Offer their sugar soaked in a piece of cotton or coffee filter.
How will they catch the fruit flies? There are only about 40 workers. Sorry for all the questions, I'm a beginner
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Re: EMERGENCY PHARAOH QUEEN

Post: # 23205Post Batspiderfish
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:41 pm

You can freeze the fruit flies.
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Re: EMERGENCY PHARAOH QUEEN

Post: # 23206Post SamuelMamuel
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:14 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:41 pm
You can freeze the fruit flies.
I put an aphid in there but they aren't interested
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Re: EMERGENCY PHARAOH QUEEN

Post: # 27507Post Antacid
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:51 am

Mash up the body of a frozen or boiled insect then they can feed from it. Try experimentation with different food stuffs.
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