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Preferred Food by Species

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#81 Offline StopSpazzing - Posted August 2 2017 - 9:58 AM

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Amazing list. Extremely useful. :)

 

Wondering if Liometopum occidentale can be added to the list? Any info anyone can add would be great.


Edited by StopSpazzing, August 2 2017 - 12:29 PM.


#82 Offline kudofo - Posted August 2 2017 - 12:16 PM

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I just bought a "loaf" off ebay of ant food from someone in Rancho Cucamonga. I'll let everyone know how it works out once it gets here.



#83 Offline soulkeeper79 - Posted August 7 2017 - 11:31 PM

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My Tetramorium colonies absolutely LOVE canned tuna (water packed). Inexpensive and it dehydrates easily to keep it fresh so you can make a 6 ounce can last a LONG time by just adding a few drops of water to small chunks when feeding.



#84 Offline drtrmiller - Posted August 8 2017 - 5:35 AM

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My Tetramorium colonies absolutely LOVE canned tuna (water packed).


I bet it smells really great after marinating in the nest a few days, too.
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#85 Offline Barristan - Posted August 8 2017 - 8:00 AM

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My Tetramorium colonies absolutely LOVE canned tuna (water packed).


I bet it smells really great after marinating in the nest a few days, too.

 

 

It's not that bad. In most cases it'll dry out before it starts to smell badly.



#86 Offline StopSpazzing - Posted August 8 2017 - 8:04 AM

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My Tetramorium colonies absolutely LOVE canned tuna (water packed).


I bet it smells really great after marinating in the nest a few days, too.

 

:lol:

 

probably attracts flies too. I'll never use meat again due to maggots.



#87 Offline AntPhycho - Posted August 12 2017 - 9:32 PM

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No p, rugosus on the list?

Founding:              

Solenopsis invicta Experimental 5 Queen Colony                   Brachymyrmex sp.

Liometopum occidentale x1                                                     Pheidole cerebrosior x3

Forelius sp. 3 Queen Colony                                                   Solenopsis xyloni 3 Queen Colony x1

Forelius sp.                                                                              

Pogonomyrmex californicus x5                                                 

Solenopsis xyloni x infinity                                                        

 

 

 


#88 Offline StopSpazzing - Posted September 7 2017 - 10:54 AM

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Aphaenogaster lamellidans

Correction: Aphaenogaster lamellidens

http://www.antwiki.o...ter_lamellidens



#89 Offline lucas3431 - Posted September 7 2017 - 11:30 AM

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Did anyone try Calcium Powder , I don't mean feeding the powder directly, what if it was mixed with honey water or feed to their prey firstly?


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#90 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted September 7 2017 - 6:57 PM

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Actually, I've tried giving calcium powder to my Tetramorium. They didn't really have a use for it. Rather than dragging the whole calcium-dusted termite to the nest, they carried it into a corner and left it there. I cleaned it off and put it back in the nest (they ate it).


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#91 Offline KBant - Posted September 18 2017 - 10:57 AM

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of the seeds that Pogonomyrmex like which might be the cheapest to buy on amazon? TIA



#92 Offline StopSpazzing - Posted September 18 2017 - 11:27 AM

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I kind want to try this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000KL6T18not sure tho. Been trying to find out myself.



#93 Offline skocko76 - Posted September 25 2017 - 1:59 PM

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I can add to Messor barbarus: they ravage small grasshoppers and wasps. They dislike cicada.

 

I can add to Lasius niger: They like small grasshoppers. They dislike wasps, mosquitoes and cicada.


Edited by skocko76, September 27 2017 - 6:08 AM.


#94 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted November 16 2017 - 5:12 PM

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I find that Tetramorium queens prefer sugar water over honey. I had a queen in a colony that wouldn't eat at all until I put in a drop of sugar water. Then she sat there for a couple of hours until she had licked the whole area queen. Whenever a worker came by, she would wave her antennae and they would back off. Tetramorium also seems to prefer almost any sort of insect and Tapinoma sessile prefer fruit flies, and so does ponera and hypoponera.

Proverbs 6:6-8 New International Version (NIV)

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.

 


#95 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted November 16 2017 - 5:35 PM

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I've found that Stigmatomma pallipes fundraises prefer Tetramorium brood and termites over geophilid centipedes. 


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Keeper of
Miniature Labradoodle
Baby Wolf Spider
Mud Dauber wasp larvae
Ochetellus Glaber
Solenopsis Geminata
Brachymyrmex Obscurior
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Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#96 Offline Jamiesname - Posted December 6 2017 - 5:32 PM

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Myrmecocystus mexicanus

Likes:

Sugar Water
1:1 Honey Water/Sugar Water Mixture
Fruit Flies
Unprocessed, Cooked Turkey
House Flies
Small Crickets
Boild Egg Whites
Boiled Egg Yolks
Wasp
Yellow Jacket


Dislikes:

Honey
Honey Water
Watermelon
Tuna
Original Lay's Chips
Chocolate
Bananna
Fresh, Crushed Cranberry
Organic Blueberries
Organic Apples
Unsalted Butter
Unsalted, Raw Peanuts (Crushed)
Slice of Orange

The foods listed above are what my small colony (10 workers) will eat and won't eat at this point in the colony's development. I'll add/change things if I need to as things progress. I also thought it was important to add that the 'dislikes' are simply foods that I have not personally witnessed the ants eating. They may have eaten them while I wasn't watching.

Edited by Jamiesname, December 15 2017 - 8:17 PM.


#97 Offline Rattus - Posted April 18 2018 - 5:42 AM

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My Messor cf. wasmanni likes specimens of the tribe: Phycitini.

Boiled egg whites are preferred over yolks.

Also, dry boiled egg whites are being consumed too.


Edited by Rattus, April 18 2018 - 8:17 AM.


#98 Offline rubberbandgirl - Posted July 14 2018 - 6:18 AM

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To add to messor barbarus: They eat cooked cod.  They also immediately collected pieces of crushed pine nuts.  But they've shown no interest in a blob of peanut butter I gave them. 



#99 Offline DaveJay - Posted August 6 2018 - 7:28 AM

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Initially my Camponotus consobrinus founding colony (7 nanitics/workers ) ate frozen bloodworms very readily but when offered mealworm pupae covered the bloodworms and were straight into the pupae.
In both colonies the Queens emerged and ate the pupae themselves, spending night and day in the open eating from the pupae halves which contain mostly liquid.
I'll point out that I haven't had them long and so far I've offered bloodworms and sugar water as staples, which were readily accepted, apple which was ignored and the mealworm pupae.

Edited by DaveJay, August 6 2018 - 7:34 AM.


#100 Offline MrCobalt - Posted September 11 2018 - 5:17 PM

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Tetramorium Immigrans / Tetramorium Caesptium on this list like goldfish crackers. I cruch them up and they gobble it up







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