Last week, I used a blacklight at night to catch some moths. I froze the small moths and fed them to my Camponotus floridanus. They enjoyed them very much, and it was actually the colony's first time eating protein (there are only four workers). So, I ordered a Drosophila hydei fruit fly culture because I figured they would love fruit flies since they loved the moths so much.
Well, I put the dead fruit flies in the outworld just as I did with the moths, but the workers would smell the fruit fly and then go crazy, running back to the nest and causing the other workers and queen to go crazy also. Basically every time a worker would approach a fly, it would jerk away and act as if the fruit fly is a threat. This did not happen at all with the moths I fed to them.
Why is this happening? How is a dead fruit fly a scary threat that they want to avoid, but a moth isn't? The whole purpose I bought these fruit flies was because of this picky colony.
Edited by Aaron567, April 19 2017 - 8:34 PM.