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.
Online - Posted May 14 2018 - 6:58 AM
Offline - Posted May 14 2018 - 10:17 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
Camponotus humilior, 9mm queen red head Phediole sp, 7mm queen all black Phediole
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus
Journal = http://www.formicult...sp-furnace-ant/
Offline - Posted May 14 2018 - 3:27 PM
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