Super excited I laid out a cricket (cut) and a mealworm (cut) but she showed no interest at all. I think they really prefer soft bugs.
I happened to go down to petco and noticed they have flightless fruit flies. Why hadn't I thought of that? I dropped a few dead ones in the ordourous ants (they hate me and aren't eating anything..) but they haven't touched them.
I put a single dead one as close to the test tube as I could for the Tetramorium caespitum and left it there.
My one brave girl came out and freaked out. She ran back in. I think seeing something there or touching it startled her. After a while though she came back out and started biting it. Once she decided it was dead enough she grabbed it!!!!
I felt really bad because she had to work really hard to drag him in. Not only is this tiny fly slightly larger than her, but it kept getting *stuck* on the cotton I used to block their tube. After a very long fight she got it into the tube though!
Today I gave them two more and both got pulled in.
About an hour ago 3 girls came out! They're getting braver!!!
I have a little foam cover over the tube because the queen seemed to hate when I turned on a light and everytime I handle anything my big Ole clumsy self seems to break or kill them .. so I don't dare check.. but if they are dragging in meat then they must have larva I think?
I really wanna see lol.
Edited by Lillyrose, April 5 2021 - 11:00 AM.