Can you feed your ants dead insects?

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mollySF
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Can you feed your ants dead insects?

Post: # 46241Post mollySF
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:25 pm

Hello,
I'm considering starting an ant colony, but the idea of feeding the ants living insects (or killing them myself) is very unappealing to me. My local pet store says they sell dead mealworms. Would this, supplemented by some meat/seeds be a decent protein source for a Tetramorium colony?
Thank you!

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Re: Can you feed your ants dead insects?

Post: # 46243Post idahoantgirl
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:50 pm

When they say dead, do they mean freeze dried? Ants don't escpecially like freeze dried meal worms. Here is my suggestion:
Buy a container of mealworms or crickets from the pet store and stick the whole thing in the freezer for a couple hours. This will kill them humanely. Then transfer them to a mason jar and store in the freezer. When your ants need protein take one out, cut it into a couple of pieces with a pair of dedicated ant scissors, and stick it in the outworld. No mess, smell, or watching anything suffer.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

mollySF
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Re: Can you feed your ants dead insects?

Post: # 46263Post mollySF
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:29 pm

Perfect.

Hunter36o
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Re: Can you feed your ants dead insects?

Post: # 46780Post Hunter36o
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:45 am

idahoantgirl wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:50 pm
When they say dead, do they mean freeze dried? Ants don't escpecially like freeze dried meal worms. Here is my suggestion:
Buy a container of mealworms or crickets from the pet store and stick the whole thing in the freezer for a couple hours. This will kill them humanely. Then transfer them to a mason jar and store in the freezer. When your ants need protein take one out, cut it into a couple of pieces with a pair of dedicated ant scissors, and stick it in the outworld. No mess, smell, or watching anything suffer.
Roughly how long does it take the crickets to thaw out?
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idahoantgirl
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Re: Can you feed your ants dead insects?

Post: # 46797Post idahoantgirl
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:23 am

Hunter36o wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:45 am
idahoantgirl wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:50 pm
When they say dead, do they mean freeze dried? Ants don't escpecially like freeze dried meal worms. Here is my suggestion:
Buy a container of mealworms or crickets from the pet store and stick the whole thing in the freezer for a couple hours. This will kill them humanely. Then transfer them to a mason jar and store in the freezer. When your ants need protein take one out, cut it into a couple of pieces with a pair of dedicated ant scissors, and stick it in the outworld. No mess, smell, or watching anything suffer.
Roughly how long does it take the crickets to thaw out?
You don't need to thaw them. They cut easier when they are frozen solid they will thaw in the outworld probably within a half hour
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

CampoKing
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Re: Can you feed your ants dead insects?

Post: # 47441Post CampoKing
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:17 am

All my ants like freeze dried bugs if they're rehydrated with spring water first. After all, ants can't eat solid stuff, just liquids or things that can be chewed into liquid. It's at least worth a test, because the freeze dried stuff from pet stores is super convenient if they like it.
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