Offline - Posted May 14 2018 - 6:39 AM
I've read many times its a good idea to freeze insects before feeding to reduce the risk of mites and it means you can buy a tub of something and store it, as clearly with only a handful of workers it's going to take a while to get through them.
However when I defrost the mealworms they turn black, is this normal? They don't look great will they eat them? Did I manage to mess up freezing Mealworms!?
Any help is gratefully received.
Offline - Posted May 14 2018 - 6:58 AM
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Offline - Posted May 14 2018 - 11:23 AM
The mealworm flesh is more solid but I have fed it to lasius, myrmica, crematogaster, apheanogaster and camponotus species. They all seemed happy to eat it up.
Offline - Posted May 14 2018 - 1:59 PM
I think they sometimes take on some black stuff inside due to waste or some defensive mechanism when they are about to die from the freezing.
I know Witchia grubs ooze some brown stuff in the same conditions
Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
9mm queen red head/black body Phediole sp, 7mm queen all black Phediole, 2x Phediole sp. red head/black body 8mm queens
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus
Offline - Posted May 14 2018 - 3:27 PM
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