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Preferred Food by Species

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#101 Online ANTdrew - Posted September 29 2018 - 4:33 PM


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T. Immigrans like kielbasa. They must have immigrated from the old country like my people.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25

#102 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted January 19 2019 - 4:16 PM


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So, I'm doing some experimentation with what Trachymyrmex septentrionalis like. 

This is what I've found so far:

-Greater Plantain (a type of meadow plant with broad leaves)

-cracker part of poptarts (They'll also make a chocolate liquid solution and put it on their fungus and the fungus grows on that if you use the S'mores poptarts)

-Bran Flakes

-catkins (Highly favored)

-Caterpillar Frass (Favorite!)

-oatmeal is currently being tested

-noodles is currently being tested

-rice is currently being tested

-dried apples is being tested but they seem to take attention to it instantly


I'll see what else they like after a series of more tests with apples, rice, noodles, and oatmeal. If you have any more to add please feel free to add to the list. I'm still looking for better options to help them feed their fungus as it's not as big as I'd like.

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#103 Offline ForestDragon - Posted May 15 2019 - 7:10 AM


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From what I have noticed from my Tapinoma sessile they prefer anything sweet and go NUTS for honeydew melons like they flat out moved brood to the first chamber so they could feed it to them right when they brought it back

#104 Offline electricv - Posted June 11 2019 - 2:47 PM



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How funny, my Camponotus herculeanus went completely bonkers over greasy cooked chicken.  My one queen even left for formicarium, went down an 8" tube and into the outworld to drag it in because her workers weren't bringing it fast enough.  I have never seen her leave the formicarium before so I was quite surprised.


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#105 Offline dominatus - Posted June 28 2019 - 2:53 PM


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My Camponotus decipiens enjoy crickets, grasshoppers (a lot), honey, sugar water, live termites and fruit flies (like to hunt them a lot), other ants' brood.

#106 Offline SuperFrank - Posted July 9 2019 - 8:12 PM


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Odontomachus bruennus will accept dehydrated bloodworms, they must be offered dry ime, not soaked or moistened or it will be ignored, i have used nurbs rehydrated blood worms successfully on all my other species but was unsuccessful with O bruennus until i tried it dry. Extremely convienient feeder, i just shake some in every day, they don't need carbs so other than fruit flies bloodworms are their staple and the colony is thriving. I will try it will haematodus and ruginodis in the near future

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