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How to keep root aphids

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#1 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted April 24 2020 - 2:00 PM

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Does anyone know how to keep root aphids?


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#2 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted April 24 2020 - 2:57 PM

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I looked up how to keep them and all I found were ways to kill them. Well, like they say, one man's pest is another man's pet. That kind of seems like a recurring theme in antkeeping, especially with carpenter ants.


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#3 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 24 2020 - 5:28 PM

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I highly doubt you can in a captive setting.
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#4 Offline BugFinder - Posted April 24 2020 - 6:34 PM

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I'm curious why you would want to keep them....


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#5 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted April 24 2020 - 6:41 PM

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I have taken some root aphids and put them in a vivarium which contains Lasius brevicornis and the grass from the very area I found them. I introduced the aphids and the Lasius seemed to take them, but looking at the grass roots on the bottom I have not been able to see them. I spoke to someone familiar with the species (which I cannot recall much details about), and he said these aphids are xerophilous. So I soak the tank every few days, and let it get moderately dry for a while. 


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#6 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 25 2020 - 5:12 AM

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I'm curious why you would want to keep them....

Ants naturally tend to them in the wild for their honeydew.
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