aphids

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kateroid
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aphids

Post: # 66465Post kateroid
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:32 pm

i am soon getting a lasius colony and i need to know what species of aphids can be milked by ants and i need to know how they look like.i need to know if lasius species milk aphids

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Re: aphids

Post: # 66475Post AusAnts
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:33 am

kateroid wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:32 pm
i am soon getting a lasius colony and i need to know what species of aphids can be milked by ants and i need to know how they look like.i need to know if lasius species milk aphids
If you are trying to feed them carbohydrates which is what the ants get from the aphids. you could use honey or sugar water as an alternative.

I am not familiar with lasius but i would guess that they would milk aphids.
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kateroid
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Re: aphids

Post: # 66491Post kateroid
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:34 pm

i am not trying to feed them manually. i am going to have aphids because it is less work to do and is more natural way to feed them

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Re: aphids

Post: # 66509Post heyhowie
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:13 am

Do you have live plants in the formicarium? Aphids produce their honeydew from the sap of trees/plants.

kateroid
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Re: aphids

Post: # 66554Post kateroid
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:03 pm

yes i have plants in my terrarium

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Re: aphids

Post: # 66753Post Ants4fun
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:41 pm

‘Lasius’ will milk a variety of aphids, scale bugs, meally bugs, and more. You can attempt to introduce them into your vivarium, but there is no guarantee they will actually farm them.

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Re: aphids

Post: # 66754Post antnest8
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:45 pm

Aphid farming can work for your ants but in the wild they also use other scources of sugar.

kateroid
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Re: aphids

Post: # 66763Post kateroid
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:20 pm

I have formica fusca ants instead of the lasius ants and i need to know soon if they can farm scale insects

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Re: aphids

Post: # 66783Post antnest8
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:05 pm

Formica fusca is known for farming insects.

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Re: aphids

Post: # 66828Post kateroid
Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:12 am

thank you for the help!!!

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