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#1 Online futurebird - Posted July 18 2021 - 4:54 AM

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This all started because I ran out of red syrup. My lasius neoniger colony loves it and it makes their gasters red which is adorable (and also lets me know they are eating it) so I considered giving them some flat watermelon redbull instead. But then I remembered the caffeine. "doesn't that kill ants?" I thought. But I also remembered how I've seen pavement ants feasting on spilled cola in the hot summer sun. But just because wild ants eat something doesn't mean it's good for them. Maybe those ants all died.
 
That's how I ended up searching for the effects of caffeine on ants. I quickly found a study with a tantalizing abstract:
 

"Caffeine increased the ants’ linear speed, decreased their precision of reaction and their food consumption, did not affect their response to pheromones, nor their audacity, largely increased their conditioning ability and their memory"
Physiological and Ethological Effects of Caffeine, Theophylline, Cocaine and Atropine; Study Using the Ant Myrmica sabuleti (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) as A Biological Model.

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I'm intrigued that there is a way to test an ant's "audacity"... I wonder which ants are the most audacious?

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It seems "audacity" is related to the number of ants hanging out on the water tower... which makes sense to me. It's a more bold thing to do.

OMG they also gave the ants cocaine!

 

I don't think I'll give my ants the red bull too many other things in it that might not be good and who knows what the long term impact will be... In humans caffeine can decrease fertility.  Since it seems to impact ants in a way similar to humans I think it's not worth it. 

 

Still I was not expecting for it to be so similar!


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#2 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted July 18 2021 - 5:17 AM

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This all started because I ran out of red syrup. My lasius neoniger colony loves it and it makes their gasters red which is adorable (and also lets me know they are eating it) so I considered giving them some flat watermelon redbull instead. But then I remembered the caffeine. "doesn't that kill ants?" I thought. But I also remembered how I've seen pavement ants feasting on spilled cola in the hot summer sun. But just because wild ants eat something doesn't mean it's good for them. Maybe those ants all died.
 
That's how I ended up searching for the effects of caffeine on ants. I quickly found a study with a tantalizing abstract:
 

"Caffeine increased the ants’ linear speed, decreased their precision of reaction and their food consumption, did not affect their response to pheromones, nor their audacity, largely increased their conditioning ability and their memory"
Physiological and Ethological Effects of Caffeine, Theophylline, Cocaine and Atropine; Study Using the Ant Myrmica sabuleti (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) as A Biological Model.

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I'm intrigued that there is a way to test an ant's "audacity"... I wonder which ants are the most audacious?

dZErvq4.png

It seems "audacity" is related to the number of ants hanging out on the water tower... which makes sense to me. It's a more bold thing to do.

OMG they also gave the ants cocaine!

 

I don't think I'll give my ants the red bull too many other things in it that might not be good and who knows what the long term impact will be... In humans caffeine can decrease fertility.  Since it seems to impact ants in a way similar to humans I think it's not worth it. 

 

Still I was not expecting for it to be so similar!

if you give them redbull they will get alates!


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#3 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 18 2021 - 6:23 AM

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Honeybees get addicted to the caffeine in coffee flower nectar. They seek it out even over other more rewarding flowers.
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#4 Offline Daniel - Posted July 18 2021 - 7:56 AM

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if you give them redbull they will get alates!


Haha, nice.
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#5 Offline Manitobant - Posted July 18 2021 - 8:33 AM

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Wasps often get drunk on fermented fruit and alcohol at parties, which makes them clumsily fly around and get super aggressive, stinging for no reason. I assume ants would have similar effects.
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#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 18 2021 - 9:01 AM

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Wasps often get drunk on fermented fruit and alcohol at parties, which makes them clumsily fly around and get super aggressive, stinging for no reason. I assume ants would have similar effects.

All fruit eating animals consume alcohol.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#7 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted July 18 2021 - 9:06 AM

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if you give them redbull they will get alates!


Haha, nice.

 

D’uh of course, “Red Bull gives you wings!” :rolleyes:


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#8 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 18 2021 - 9:31 AM

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That’s meme worthy.
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#9 Offline DaAnt - Posted July 18 2021 - 1:59 PM

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LOL


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#10 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted July 19 2021 - 7:58 AM

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Wasps often get drunk on fermented fruit and alcohol at parties, which makes them clumsily fly around and get super aggressive, stinging for no reason. I assume ants would have similar effects.

All fruit eating animals consume alcohol.
I don’t consume alcohol.

Jokes aside, this is quite interesting. I wonder what would happen if they were given steroids.

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#11 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 19 2021 - 8:30 AM

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Wasps often get drunk on fermented fruit and alcohol at parties, which makes them clumsily fly around and get super aggressive, stinging for no reason. I assume ants would have similar effects.

All fruit eating animals consume alcohol.
I don’t consume alcohol.

Jokes aside, this is quite interesting. I wonder what would happen if they were given steroids.
In fact you do. The naturally occurring yeasts in our stomachs produce several grams of alcohol every day.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#12 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted July 19 2021 - 9:59 AM

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Wasps often get drunk on fermented fruit and alcohol at parties, which makes them clumsily fly around and get super aggressive, stinging for no reason. I assume ants would have similar effects.

All fruit eating animals consume alcohol.
I don’t consume alcohol.

Jokes aside, this is quite interesting. I wonder what would happen if they were given steroids.

 

I can’t help it but would you really want a C. gigas with ‘Roid Rage?!? :scare2:


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#13 Online futurebird - Posted July 19 2021 - 10:10 AM

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Wasps often get drunk on fermented fruit and alcohol at parties, which makes them clumsily fly around and get super aggressive, stinging for no reason. I assume ants would have similar effects.

All fruit eating animals consume alcohol.

 

I don’t consume alcohol.

Jokes aside, this is quite interesting. I wonder what would happen if they were given steroids.

 

I can’t help it but would you really want a C. gigas with ‘Roid Rage?!? :scare2:

 


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Aw what's the big deal? She's just glad to see you!

(A US based pest control company was using this photo on their article about carpenter ants :rolleyes: That's like putting a bear in your racoon control ad. )


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#14 Offline strawnkayden1 - Posted July 19 2021 - 10:46 AM

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I hope just the ants got the coke.
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#15 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted July 19 2021 - 3:15 PM

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Wasps often get drunk on fermented fruit and alcohol at parties, which makes them clumsily fly around and get super aggressive, stinging for no reason. I assume ants would have similar effects.

All fruit eating animals consume alcohol.
I don’t consume alcohol.

Jokes aside, this is quite interesting. I wonder what would happen if they were given steroids.
In fact you do. The naturally occurring yeasts in our stomachs produce several grams of alcohol every day.
Oh wow I didn’t know that.
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#16 Offline Idontexist - Posted January 17 2022 - 8:04 PM

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Wasps often get drunk on fermented fruit and alcohol at parties, which makes them clumsily fly around and get super aggressive, stinging for no reason. I assume ants would have similar effects.

All fruit eating animals consume alcohol.
I don’t consume alcohol.

Jokes aside, this is quite interesting. I wonder what would happen if they were given steroids.
more soldiers are born

#17 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted January 18 2022 - 8:40 AM

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Wasps often get drunk on fermented fruit and alcohol at parties, which makes them clumsily fly around and get super aggressive, stinging for no reason. I assume ants would have similar effects.

All fruit eating animals consume alcohol.
I don’t consume alcohol.

Jokes aside, this is quite interesting. I wonder what would happen if they were given steroids.
more soldiers are born

 

Please don't revive posts that have been dead for several months for no reason.


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Wasps often get drunk on fermented fruit and alcohol at parties, which makes them clumsily fly around and get super aggressive, stinging for no reason. I assume ants would have similar effects.

All fruit eating animals consume alcohol.
I don’t consume alcohol.

Jokes aside, this is quite interesting. I wonder what would happen if they were given steroids.
more soldiers are born

 

Please don't revive posts that have been dead for several months for no reason.

 

stop attacking people :ugone2far:



#19 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted January 18 2022 - 12:56 PM

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All fruit eating animals consume alcohol.

I don’t consume alcohol.

Jokes aside, this is quite interesting. I wonder what would happen if they were given steroids.
more soldiers are born

 

Please don't revive posts that have been dead for several months for no reason.

 

stop attacking people :ugone2far:

 

It clogs up the forum and they did it for basically no reason, and I could have said "I hate people like you who clog up the forum and by doing this you are helping degrade the quality of this website. (To be fair by doing this I am to) but I am not attacking people.


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Settle you two. For now on lets just ignore anyone that restarts an old post. We will all be calmer and happier for it.


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