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cheetawolf
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lasius workers

Post: # 51289Post cheetawolf
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:18 pm

how many lasius workers would it take to subdue a superworm? and what would be the casualties
yay for ants!

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TheRealAntMan
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Re: lasius workers

Post: # 51306Post TheRealAntMan
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:11 pm

cheetawolf wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:18 pm
how many lasius workers would it take to subdue a superworm? and what would be the casualties
It's never recommended to feed ants live food. Superworms have extremely tough exoskeletons that could probably take a few days for your ants to actually start inflicting actual damage to it. Again I don't recommend feeding your ants live food and you should probably never feed your ants such a large, live creature.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

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Re: lasius workers

Post: # 51308Post idahoantgirl
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:53 pm

A large colony of fire ants could do it, but other than that, I wouldn't try it
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.

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cheetawolf
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Re: lasius workers

Post: # 51310Post cheetawolf
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:58 pm

TheRealAntMan wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:11 pm
cheetawolf wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:18 pm
how many lasius workers would it take to subdue a superworm? and what would be the casualties
It's never recommended to feed ants live food. Superworms have extremely tough exoskeletons that could probably take a few days for your ants to actually start inflicting actual damage to it. Again I don't recommend feeding your ants live food and you should probably never feed your ants such a large, live creature.
an acquaintance of mine 'ender ants' said 20 would do the trick... so
yay for ants!

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Re: lasius workers

Post: # 51342Post JoeHostile1
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:00 am

cheetawolf wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:18 pm
how many lasius workers would it take to subdue a superworm? and what would be the casualties
Only one way to find out.
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Tetramorium immigrans * Lasius Neoniger * Lasius Claviger * Messor Aciculatus * Myrmica Rubra * Camponotus Novaeboracensis * Camponotus Turkastanus * Pheidole Pallidula

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Re: lasius workers

Post: # 51354Post Hunter36o
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:13 pm

One part of me says do not do it but the other part just keeps saying do it put for for a reason.

There is recent Lasius behaviour to suggest a possibility of a stinger or another defensive/ offensive tactic is at play with these girls as they have shown actions like these when threatened and or fed my their ant keeper. So it would be interesting to see if this behaviour is present in some of the Lasius colonies belonged to users of this forum. I would suggest however u crush the tail end of the superworms because like it is mentioned above it does have a hard exoskeleton but this will keep it live long enough to have some resistance from the ants and kick up a small fight. This in turn would trigger the response to use this stinger or other defence for better confirmation on a broader global scale.

Just wait until you have at least 30 or more good workers before attempting anything like this.

Other than something similar to the above there is no real point to try giving your ants live food. No need to risk injury.
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