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#81 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 9 2019 - 4:03 PM

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I just bought some, and all my ants love it except for my Tapinoma sessile, who freaked out for a solid 10 minutes upon placing a drop in their tube. But after calming down, they tried a few sips. That was the only negative reaction I've had from it.



#82 Offline drtrmiller - Posted February 9 2019 - 4:20 PM

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I just bought some, and all my ants love it except for my Tapinoma sessile, who freaked out for a solid 10 minutes upon placing a drop in their tube. But after calming down, they tried a few sips. That was the only negative reaction I've had from it.

 

Sunburst is intended to be a convenient, specially formulated sugar-water alternative for all sweet-loving ant species.

 

Sweet-loving ants may react to sudden changes to their environment, such as vibrations, smells, and air flow that occur when foods are introduced to a small enclosure, but won't react to Sunburst much differently than other well-prepared sugary liquids.

 

With that said, if this colony was starving and/or had not encountered a well-prepared sugary liquid in a long time, you might observe a flurry of excitement and recruitment that could be interpreted as "freaking out" by virtue of the fact that they are in a small test tube.  But mostly when I've observed freak outs in test tubes, it is because the ants found food in a space they weren't expecting, and so they proceeded to signal an alarm that there was a potential intrusion into their nest.

 

Hope this helps.

 

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#83 Offline Ants4fun - Posted February 14 2019 - 3:24 PM

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I'll say that all my ants definitely prefer the sunburst to hummingbird nectar. They won't touch the hummingbird nectar anymore.

#84 Offline Rstheant - Posted February 14 2019 - 3:28 PM

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I’m doing an experiment. I’m adding a tiny bit of food coloring, to see if the ants drink form Sunburst. I think if you deprive the ants of nectar for a week, they will gladly take any food, or nectar.
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#85 Offline drtrmiller - Posted February 14 2019 - 6:00 PM

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I’m doing an experiment. I’m adding a tiny bit of food coloring, to see if the ants drink form Sunburst. I think if you deprive the ants of nectar for a week, they will gladly take any food, or nectar.

 

You shouldn't add any foreign material to the bottle.  You could introduce contaminants, or the material you add could alter the composition in a way to negatively affect performance.  Different dyes may also cause the liquid to not taste as good, since dye is not very tasty.  In any case, I'm not sure what the goal of your experiment is?

 

If you were happy with the sugary liquid you were using before Sunburst, and if that is cheaper and more convenient for you, you should absolutely continue using that.  However, if you find that Sunburst works better, is more convenient, and is worth the cost, then it is simply an option you may be inclined to select when choosing how to feed your ants.



#86 Offline Rstheant - Posted February 14 2019 - 6:09 PM

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No, I’m not putting dye directly in the bottle. I’m mixing a very tiny bit of it in some sunburst, to see if ants drink it. The color will make the nectar visible. I am also putting my nectar next to it to see what my ants prefer. That’s all.
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#87 Offline drtrmiller - Posted February 14 2019 - 6:12 PM

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No, I’m not putting dye directly in the bottle. I’m mixing a very tiny bit of it in some sunburst, to see if ants drink it. The color will make the nectar visible. I am also putting my nectar next to it to see what my ants prefer. That’s all.

 

 What species, and how many workers in the colony(s)?



#88 Offline Rstheant - Posted February 15 2019 - 3:16 PM

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Camponotus fragilis, 30 workers.

Edited by Rstheant, February 16 2019 - 6:17 PM.

My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#89 Online YsTheAnt - Posted February 15 2019 - 5:14 PM

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*Camponotus fragilis :)
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#90 Offline drtrmiller - Posted February 15 2019 - 6:23 PM

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Fragilis, 30 workers.

 

It would be difficult or impossible to conduct any type of conclusive, repeatable study for a single colony containing 30 workers.  For large, established colonies, it is typical to see twice as many ants feeding from Sunburst compared to other sugary liquids, and the ants typically fill up with a larger amount of the food.

 

My recommendation would be to continue using the bottle of Sunburst as the only sugar source for one or several of your small colonies, and use your other preferred sugar source exclusively for other colonies.  This will allow you to comparatively observe how Sunburst works over the course of a couple months.  Once the Sunburst has been completely used, you can decide whether to revert back to the sugar source you were using before, or continue using Sunburst.
 

How to use:

  • To observe vigorous feeding activity, offer as much as your ants can consume within a few hours, every 2 to 3 days.
     

  • When using SUNBURST™, do not use other sweetened foods such as sugar water, honey, or other sweet foods. SUNBURST™ provides all the nutrition of these sweets and more.
     

  • Allowing ants constant access to Sunburst or other sugary foods will keep them full of food, and you may observe less vigorous feeding activity over time.

For small colonies, dispense 0.5 to 1 ml (10 to 20 drops) into a byFormica Micro Liquid Feeder.  Larger colonies may require as much as 4 ml (100 drops) dispensed into a byFormica Mini Liquid Feeder.  Smaller amounts will evaporate more quickly in the liquid feeder or serving tray. Outside the bottle, the liquid will evaporate into a syrup over time, which the ants do not prefer.  At a minimum, remove and replace uneaten liquid every 3 to 5 days.

 

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Edited by drtrmiller, February 22 2019 - 12:16 PM.


#91 Offline FSTP - Posted February 19 2019 - 9:02 AM

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#92 Offline Rstheant - Posted February 20 2019 - 5:54 PM

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I don’t understand.
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#93 Online Zeiss - Posted February 20 2019 - 7:13 PM

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I don’t understand.

Bumping is the ability to have your topic show up at the top of the feed again by two methods: commenting "bump" on it or using a feature where you don't need to comment to "bump" it to the top.



#94 Offline Rstheant - Posted February 21 2019 - 10:35 AM

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Okay thanks.
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#95 Offline drtrmiller - Posted February 22 2019 - 12:40 PM

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Sunburst Ant Nectar is now available on the UK and Europe Amazon sites.

 

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#96 Offline Rstheant - Posted February 22 2019 - 12:44 PM

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You need to make the WIPE or byformica formula blue again. I need a alternative for my ants. I keep feeding them crickets and it a very tedious process.
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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