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How to tell if ants are getting enough protein?


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#1 Offline RacRmt - Posted June 1 2019 - 8:38 AM

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Hey guys, 

 

I've recently been feeding my lasius colony of 50-60 workers freeze dried bloodworms. I'll add a few drops of water to it to rehydrate them as described in this thread:   http://www.formicult...bloodworm-soup/

 

 

As you can see my ants seem to be very attracted to it. The only thing is, I haven't seem them take any worms back for their brood. At the end of feeding there is always a bunch of dried bloodworms left and I'm not sure if they've actually taken any of it. Are they just drinking the juices? Do you guys think this would be an adequate protein source for the colony or should I switch to another protein source?

 

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#2 Offline rbarreto - Posted June 1 2019 - 9:02 AM

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They can lick up the juices or cut up chunks that they take back to the larvae. If the larvae are growing and not being consumed then they are likely receiving enough protein.


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#3 Offline Acutus - Posted June 1 2019 - 10:17 AM

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I would also suggest giving other sources of protein now and again. Put in the occasional piece of meal-worm or other insect. :D


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#4 Offline RacRmt - Posted June 1 2019 - 10:28 AM

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Thanks for the help guys,

 

I'll also make sure to give them some other insects from time to time!



#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 1 2019 - 12:14 PM

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Tiny ants like Lasius are going to lap up juices primarily, so I wouldn’t worry about them not carrying solid chunks back to the brood. Like Acutus said, I also recommend variety with their protein. Find some other easy feeder insects for them or collect some carefully from areas you know are safe from chemicals. They may also like the juices from boiled chicken.
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#6 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted June 4 2019 - 1:07 PM

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I’ve alternated animal and plant protein sources between rehydrated mealworms, pieces of raw chicken, beef, or pork, banana, and apple.




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