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#141 Offline nurbs - Posted April 16 2019 - 11:12 AM

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Keep you foods varied but consistent. Like don't one day out of the blue throw in a boiled egg. Maybe avoid random human foods. I usually rotate between mealworms -> crickets -> crushed sunflower seeds -> fruit flies.

 

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#142 Offline BeginnerAntKeeper - Posted April 16 2019 - 9:11 PM

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Maybe the colony scent of the attacked workers was washed off or replaced by another scent(maybe from the formicarium?) and thus the colony thinks they are outside ants and enemies and thus Attack them.

#143 Offline anttics - Posted April 17 2019 - 8:04 PM

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Well the fight stoped. I counted only 4 dead ants. Many more are missing limbs. I will try not to feed them human food. There was an explosion in eggs. they have tons of eggs. Like thousands. I'm sure most are for feeding brood and queen. If half are fertilized eggs. 500 worker are coming soon. I think they are killing the old ants. If it was due to food or other factors. Then I should see light color workers being killed as well. Not a single young worker is ever attacked.

#144 Offline BeginnerAntKeeper - Posted April 17 2019 - 9:54 PM

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Maybe the colony scent of the attacked workers was washed off or replaced by another scent(maybe from the formicarium?) and thus the colony thinks they are outside ants and enemies and thus Attack them.


Adding to this, perhaps the reason why only the older workers are attacked is because the scent is stable in the nest but outside it is washed off. As younger workers tend to stay in the nest while older workers forage, only the older workers would have their scent wiped/replaced and thus believed to be enemies and attacked.

#145 Offline anttics - Posted May 30 2019 - 7:18 PM

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Update on the Novos. They are doing great. Eating too much. Here are some.pics of the brood. Also 1 floor i broke by mistake. I Might leave it like that.











The nest looks very nice. i have figure out all the bugs. Unfortunately I would have to take out the whole colony. I plan to connect the nest to a container with humidity and heat. Once the queen moves. And the brood. Ill take it apart and fix the small issues. If anyone has an idea to get then out plase let me know.

I estimate 3000 workers. The out world is ussually empty. When I give them food. In 5 to 10 minutes from 30 ants outside. 1000s come out. Making a columm. This are my favorite colony by far.

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