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Post: # 52672Post Granpa
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:36 pm

Hi my name is Greg
I have a Queen Camponotus that I caught 10 months ago. She’s going great laying eggs and hatching, but the numbers don’t seem to be growing much, why would this be?
Am I able to introduce ants from another colony?
What are the best foods for her and the workers?
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Re: Campontus

Post: # 54432Post DontSquishTheAnt
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:06 am

Camponotus ants simply don't grow very quickly. They also don't tolerate new ants that aren't from their colony well, so you can't add more ants. The best foods for any kind of ant colony are:
1. Honey or diluted honey.
2. Sugar water (use in place of honey if you do use it).
3. Insects or other terrestrial arthropods (preferably a variety, but ants are generally very accepting of many foods).

Basically, ants need a protein source for their brood, and a sugar source for sustaining the adults. Some people even use cooked meat table scraps for their ants' protein source.

Hope this helps,
First year and already enjoying it!

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