How often should i feed iridomyrmex sp?

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How often should i feed iridomyrmex sp?

Post: # 65842Post AusAnts
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:19 pm

hey, I have 4 iridomyrmex sp Queens with workers. I gave all 4 a small drop of honey and they drank it within a few minutes. How often should I feed them and when should I give them a cricket or grasshopper leg?
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen:15+ workers
2 x iridomyrmex pallidus: 40+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 14 workers

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Re: How often should i feed iridomyrmex sp?

Post: # 65944Post AusAnts
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:29 am

Formicoidea wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:56 pm
The entire thing is very touchy feely. I base when I need to feed my Iridomermex/water them on their activity in the outworld. If you don't have an outworld a good idea is to just go 'the more the better'. Unlike dogs and cats (or any of your larger pets) ants can't get fat. Any food they don't want/need they will dump and ignore.
It also means your colony will be growing at its optimum rate.
Feed them protein (cricket) as soon as they get workers.
Thanks for the advice. I will feed them 1-3 times a week depending on how active and how many workers/brood the colony has.
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen:15+ workers
2 x iridomyrmex pallidus: 40+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 14 workers

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