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What's best place to get seeds for ants?

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#1 Offline MinigunL5 - Posted December 8 2020 - 11:27 AM

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I am probably going to get some Pogonomyrmex occidentalis this holiday season. So I need seeds. I have heard that sometimes Pogonomyrmex won't accept some seeds that most species will. Unfortunately the seed mix on THA is rather expensive. Is there somewhere else where I could get seeds for Pogonomyrmex at a cheaper price?


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#2 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted December 8 2020 - 11:47 AM

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I am probably going to get some Pogonomyrmex occidentalis this holiday season. So I need seeds. I have heard that sometimes Pogonomyrmex won't accept some seeds that most species will. Unfortunately the seed mix on THA is rather expensive. Is there somewhere else where I could get seeds for Pogonomyrmex at a cheaper price?

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#3 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted December 8 2020 - 12:02 PM

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Chia and flax are the most liked by these and if they can they will only eat these, mostly chia though. If you want a good healthy and big colony feeding them roaches chrickets seeds and termites.
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#4 Offline DDD101DDD - Posted December 8 2020 - 12:19 PM

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My colony rejects chia seeds and only eats dandelion seeds. They used to take shelled hemp seeds but I ran out of them. Mine also took oatmeal.


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#5 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted December 8 2020 - 12:22 PM

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Do they take poppy seeds like veromessor?


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#6 Offline Spazmops - Posted December 8 2020 - 12:56 PM

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Mine love chia and dandelion, the chia are from a grocery store and the dandelion are from my yard.


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1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-20 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 1 queen, used to have workers

 

1 large P. occidentalis colony- around 50 workers, plenty of brood

 

 


#7 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 8 2020 - 2:27 PM

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Go to any grocery store that sells bulk grains and seeds by weight. Whole Foods would be an example.
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#8 Offline Queen - Posted December 8 2020 - 6:29 PM

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I am probably going to get some Pogonomyrmex occidentalis this holiday season. So I need seeds. I have heard that sometimes Pogonomyrmex won't accept some seeds that most species will. Unfortunately the seed mix on THA is rather expensive. Is there somewhere else where I could get seeds for Pogonomyrmex at a cheaper price?

 

Below are where I get my seeds (all organic, no additives, etc, etc):

1) Sesame seeds - any grocery store, spice aisle

2) Hemp seeds - Sprouts (or equivalent market in your area) health section aisle

3) Poppy seeds - Sprouts bulk seed aisle

4) Sunflower seeds - any grocery store, produce section

5) Quinoa seeds - Sprouts bulk bin section

6) Kentucky bluegrass seeds - eBay

7) Dandelion seeds - eBay

 

I spent about $10 for 1 - 5, and about $15-20 for 6 - 7 due to shipping. I have multiple colonies and based on consumption rate, I think it'll last me for at least a year... I keep a large portion air tight vacuum bags and open as needed (for ants or in some cases my own consumption). I keep some handy in glass spice jars and sprinkle in outworlds as needed. 

 

Hope this helps.


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#9 Offline MinigunL5 - Posted December 8 2020 - 9:13 PM

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Thanks everyone! This was really informative!







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