Semi clostrual queens more interested in fruit and honey over protein foods.

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Hunter36o
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Semi clostrual queens more interested in fruit and honey over protein foods.

Post: # 49119Post Hunter36o
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:12 am

As it says up top. The seem more interested in the sweety stuff over the meaty stuff. Now there is a batch of eggs but I do not think any have hatched yet but it would be close to it at this point if none were eaten.

I would have assumed at this point, since.one of the queens is with me for 2 weeks now she would want/ need to intake protein at this point? Or will she use up some protein from her wing muscles ? Oh these are Myrmica Rubra.
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Re: Semi clostrual queens more interested in fruit and honey over protein foods.

Post: # 49123Post AntnoobSG
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:55 am

My trapjaw (semi clustral) only eats protein
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Re: Semi clostrual queens more interested in fruit and honey over protein foods.

Post: # 49129Post ClashOwenBash
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:19 pm

Their diets change depending on wether they have larvae or eggs. As they need more protien to raise the larvae ti help them grow, but only need energy (sugar foods) for themselves along with small amounts of protien to keep them going. (this does vary on sp.)
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Re: Semi clostrual queens more interested in fruit and honey over protein foods.

Post: # 49763Post KimNorway
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:20 am

I do not know the details of that species, but the general idea of ants is usually this:
The adult ants as far I know do not digest protein directly, that goes to the larvae, which feeds protein in liquid form trough prophylaxis. So until the larvae hatches, the queens lays an occasional 'dead' egg meant for consummation, generating nutrition.

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Re: Semi clostrual queens more interested in fruit and honey over protein foods.

Post: # 50938Post Mcrummett
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:10 pm

I’d been giving my new colony sugary treats and some “protein shake” that came with the queen. Today I gave them a dead spider and they DESTROYED it. Fascinating, they took it back to the queens area and now barely a leg left

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Re: Semi clostrual queens more interested in fruit and honey over protein foods.

Post: # 51355Post Hunter36o
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:15 pm

Thanks for the reply guys :D
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Re: Semi clostrual queens more interested in fruit and honey over protein foods.

Post: # 51590Post Puncarlol
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:48 pm

AntnoobSG wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:55 am
My trapjaw (semi clustral) only eats protein
What proteins do you feed your odontomachus with?
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Re: Semi clostrual queens more interested in fruit and honey over protein foods.

Post: # 51819Post AntnoobSG
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:42 am

Crickets
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Re: Semi clostrual queens more interested in fruit and honey over protein foods.

Post: # 51844Post AntsDakota
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:07 pm

ClashOwenBash wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:19 pm
Their diets change depending on wether they have larvae or eggs. As they need more protien to raise the larvae ti help them grow, but only need energy (sugar foods) for themselves along with small amounts of protien to keep them going. (this does vary on sp.)
If the queen has only pupae, then she won't need much protein either.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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