Feeding insect eggs to ants

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What will happen to the eggs?

Poll ended at Sun May 27, 2018 5:55 pm

Hatch but the stick insects will be devoured.
Hatch and the stick insects will escape, as they've evolved for a 'hot' birth.
Not hatch because the conditions in an ant nest are not correct for the incubation of the eggs.
Not hatch because the eggs will be eaten when the nest gets hungry.
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Feeding insect eggs to ants

Post: # 21869Post Yui907
Sat May 27, 2017 5:55 pm

So recently (I lie, actually a month ago now), I found out that some kinds of seed-collecting ants also mistakenly collect certain insect eggs, which have evolved specifically to be collected by ants so that the eggs are in a 'protected' nest. This interested me, as surely the moment the insect hatches, the ants would devour the (high-protien) newborns, right?

Anyway, being the inquisitive mind I am, I went and acquired some Indian Stick Insect eggs and put them into my outworld. They ignored them at first but after a few hours they started to drag the eggs in and, once in the granary, they started to rub their mouths against a notch on the egg.


Anyway, does anyone want to predict or vote on what will happen to the stick insects?
Is this experiment unethical?
Is there a glaring problem with my setup that I've not noticed?
What is the top speed of an SR-71 Blackbird?

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Re: Feeding insect eggs to ants

Post: # 22195Post ScaryBuh
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:41 pm

What do you mean? African or european SR-71 Blackbird ?

Anyway, I think that is a nice experiment, keep going, post results.
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Re: Feeding insect eggs to ants

Post: # 22201Post Martialis
Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:00 am

Interesting, I would like to see how this plays out. There are certain genera that evolved to eat arthropod eggs, such as Proceratium.

I wouldn't say it's unethical, unless the stick insects weren't myrmecophilous.

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