i only feed live because that's how they do it in nature and i use a auto feeder when i go on vacation and you can put jelly feeding for the feeders in it
personally, i don't mind feeding live insects to animals (probably because they most of them require live feed). if it's natural then okay.
saying its not good to feed them live insects is like going in the woods finding a wolf eating a deer and kick it and yell no bad boy, you just don't mess up nature
There is the possibility of the insects fighting back and stressing the ants. In nature the prey would run away if stronger, while in captivity the prey would not be able to escape and only be able to fight back.
There is also a possibility of mites on live insects. I lost an ENTIRE Pheidole megacephala and Ochetellus glaber colony by feeding a cricket with a single mite on it.
If you're sure the bug has no mites and is very weak, then go ahead! I feed rose sawfly larvae to a local Yellow Jacket colony (which I named "The Dawgs"). Whenever they grab a caterpillar, I start yelling "GO GET 'EM DAWGS" for no apparent reason.
Edited by Connectimyrmex, November 8 2017 - 3:33 PM.