Non-Bug Protein Sources?

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Captain
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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 48305Post Captain
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:49 pm

We have a Camponotus sp. queen and a major that came from an established colony (rescued before colony was poisoned by a neighbor). We put them in a test tube set-up and she now has 8 workers and numerous larvae and pupae. We have been feeding them pre-killed moth larvae and honey for a treat. Tonight my son gave them a tiny piece of raw salmon over my objection... the major has had a feast and has shared with queen and workers via her social stomach — I’ve been enjoying watching for a while... and wondering if salmon is ok...?

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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 48887Post antnest8
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:03 pm

i've heard that ants can eat meats its just mostly i've heard only cooked meat...

it probably would be ok. but still just to be safe i would cook it.
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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 50033Post JoeHostile1
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:36 am

Captain wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:49 pm
Tonight my son gave them a tiny piece of raw salmon over my objection... the major has had a feast and has shared with queen and workers via her social stomach — I’ve been enjoying watching for a while... and wondering if salmon is ok...?
I’ve never givin my ants raw salmon, but my tetramorium colony absolutely loves cooked salmon and I give them some every time I have some.
Keeping:
Tetramorium immigrans * Lasius Neoniger * Lasius Claviger * Messor Aciculatus * Myrmica Rubra * Camponotus Novaeboracensis * Camponotus Turkastanus * Pheidole Pallidula

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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 50172Post Hunter36o
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:36 am

I just had great results from a piece of cooked ham so any kind of meat seems to be accepted once cooked.
If you ants are eating the salmon then I would assume it is okay as I believe ants won't eat what they don't want or like. They are not like dogs who will anything, ants can be picky so if you find a food they will eat happy days :)
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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 51987Post TheAura
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:48 am

Anybody know If i can feed tetramorium cooked chicken

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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 52038Post idahoantgirl
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:22 pm

TheAura wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:48 am
Anybody know If i can feed tetramorium cooked chicken
yes, as a supplement
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

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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 52122Post AntsDakota
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:12 pm

JadamJedi wrote:
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:17 am
I just grab a spade and spend about an hour or two every Sunday digging around or overturning logs.

Ants love termites, termites are everywhere btw. Oh and spiders are everywhere two.

But my colony isn't past the first workers yet.

I have been keeping wolf spiders and brown and black widows, however, and you'd be surprised how many bugs are out there just waiting to get eaten lols
Thank God I don't have termites by my house! I prefer to feed flies or spiders myself.
"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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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 52750Post TheAura
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:35 pm

Experimenting with slim jim and other meat sticks

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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 53396Post TheAura
Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:51 pm

Pavement ants seem to do just fine on "Big Beef Chevy" which is a meatstick similar to Slim Jim. However, ants probably would benefit from insects as they are more protein dense

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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 53467Post PAants
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:51 am

CampoKing wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:28 pm
I personally use the freeze-dried bugs for sale as reptile food (such as Fluker's® Freeze Dried Medley). I just rehydrate the bugs in water, and my Carpenter ants love them. Hope that helps.
How do you rehydrate them? Just dip them in some water, or something more involved?

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