Messors and sugar,sweet etc.

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Ant108
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Messors and sugar,sweet etc.

Post: # 52868Post Ant108
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:53 am

My messors don't seem to like so much sugar water. I have tried many types of sweets and sweet liquid and they don't seem to to consume much. Sometimes they will take sugar water. Do they asways need it?
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TheRealAntMan
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Re: Messors and sugar,sweet etc.

Post: # 52884Post TheRealAntMan
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:51 pm

Ant108 wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:53 am
My messors don't seem to like so much sugar water. I have tried many types of sweets and sweet liquid and they don't seem to to consume much. Sometimes they will take sugar water. Do they asways need it?
Harvester ants do not need sugars, they can perfectly acquire all needed sugars from the "bread" of the seeds they eat. Feeding them sweets can actually harm them.
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ClashOwenBash
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Re: Messors and sugar,sweet etc.

Post: # 52894Post ClashOwenBash
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:54 am

It's the same sort of thing like when you chew on bread for a long time it becomes sweet.
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Ant108
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Re: Messors and sugar,sweet etc.

Post: # 52897Post Ant108
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:31 am

All great info!!!
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