Older fruit flies

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Allyme
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Older fruit flies

Post: # 46072Post Allyme
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:15 pm

So i've just started antkeeping and i see alot of people saying i should give my ants (lasius niger) fruitflies. I fed them 1 day 1 i got the ants and 2 days have passed. Now all fruitflies in the testtube are dead and i dont know if I can still give them to my ants as i see many topics talking about bacteria and stuff.
Basicly my question is: can i still feed my ants the fruitflies or do i have to buy new ones every 2 days :p

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Re: Older fruit flies

Post: # 46074Post Batspiderfish
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:26 pm

Fruit fly cultures should last a month or more. I don't know how yours died.
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colo3000
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Re: Older fruit flies

Post: # 46084Post colo3000
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:08 am

Did you put the fruit flies in direct sunlight or something? They shouldn’t have died that fast.
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Allyme
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Re: Older fruit flies

Post: # 46097Post Allyme
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:13 am

I've placed them next to my ant colony in a dark place so idk what happend but i cant feed my ants with them right?

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Re: Older fruit flies

Post: # 46106Post ClashOwenBash
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:47 am

Allyme wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:13 am
I've placed them next to my ant colony in a dark place so idk what happend but i cant feed my ants with them right?
Did you get the flies delivered. If you did how long were they in transport and how were their transport conditions like.
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Re: Older fruit flies

Post: # 46114Post colo3000
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:47 am

Allyme wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:13 am
I've placed them next to my ant colony in a dark place so idk what happend but i cant feed my ants with them right?
To be safe I would say don’t feed them to your ants, because they died so quickly that they could’ve been exposed to something.
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Re: Older fruit flies

Post: # 46195Post Allyme
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:15 am

The deliver days were 2 if im not mistaken

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