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I need help!

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:37 am
by Useful
So basically I've had a colony of Tetramorium caespitum (Pavement ants) for a year now. My colony isn't growing at all, and they are still in their first tube. I don't think this is normal, and there are only about 10 ants in there. There are a couple eggs in the tube, but they aren't hatching. I feed them small amounts of fruits, ground nuts, and honey per week. They are eating NOTHING I give them. They only drank the honey twice I have gave them it. Nothing else. They have good amounts of water. I don't think this is normal, could I have advice? Thank you.

Re: I need help!

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:51 am
by Antloverhuman
Is the place where you are keeping them cold? I think the problem is that you are feeding them too much sugar and not alot of protein. I would suggest giving them no honey or fruits for one and a half week and only feed them insects. They might have repletes who are filled of honey so the colony thinks they dont need any food.

Re: I need help!

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:59 am
by Useful
Oh, thank you! I will see if that works. Ty!

edit, would they eat dead flies? (Not house flies)