Proper protein?

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mallonje
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Proper protein?

Post: # 36256Post mallonje
Tue May 22, 2018 10:02 pm

So I have no issues with feeder crickets or the ilk when my colonies get bigger. But for now I'm just dealing with a Parasitic Lasius founding setup with a tiny outworld so I was hoping to take some shortcuts.

I have a ton of alternately avalible pet foods; reptile/ hermit crab pellets, blood worms, fish flake, etc.

Has anyone had success with these alternate proteins?

I ask because I'm testing my fish based reptile pellets with one of my L. Umbratus queens and she keeps getting close and then running off. Almost like the smell hits her or something.
Founding:
1 P. Imparis queen caught 4/26/18
2 L. Umbratus caught 5/8/18
1 C. Pennsylvanicus queen caught 5/7/18 1st Eggs 5/17/18
1 C. Pennsylvanicus queen caught 5/17/18

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Re: Proper protein?

Post: # 36262Post Batspiderfish
Wed May 23, 2018 8:38 am

Adult ants need fresh insects full of hemolymph because they cannot ingest solid protein sources (although larvae can.)
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