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Honey for my Queens?


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#21 Offline drtrmiller - Posted October 20 2016 - 1:20 PM



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Unless you test the honey yourself, there's no telling what's in it.  I've seen ant stores selling exotic honeys, making wild assertions that the honey they sell is mysteriously and unquantifiably better for ants than other forms of sugar—but that is wholly baseless speculation, since these stores provide no analysis of the honeys whatsoever.


By its very definition, honey is a product collected by bees from a mostly random variety of natural sources, and then processed to remove some undesirable things to refine it for human consumption.  What still remains, however, are the yeasts and bacteria that will readily colonize the liquid the moment the moisture content increases—which, being a hygroscopic liquid that is deadly thirsty for moisture from the air, is an inevitable outcome.


Lots of honey and other natural sugar products could be counterfeit or mislabeled, as well.  So many news stories have popped up lately showing evidence of corruption and fraud running rampant throughout our food supply.


The only carbohydrate food with a quantifiable trace mineral content is Sunburst Ant Nectar, which is formulated exclusively for consumption by ants.  Hundreds of folks here and elsewhere use the stuff.  If there was anything better, I'd be the one to know.


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#22 Offline Mdrogun - Posted October 20 2016 - 2:50 PM


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You're making way too many threads. Just make one thread for all your problems/questions. Most of these questions seem kind of pointless anyways.

I am sorry you see it that way. I really do apologize. I am just really frightened this is my first time ant keeping. And I would hate for it to go wrong.


Just relax. There's no reason to overthink things. As long as you have done the basics your ant colony will be fine. Like I always say, ants are good at being ants.

Currently Keeping:
Trachymyrmex septentrionalis

Pheidole pilifera

Forelius sp. (Monogynous, bicolored) "Midwestern Forelius"
Crematogaster cerasi

Pheidole bicarinata

Aphaenogaster rudis

Camponotus chromaiodes

Formica sp. (microgena species)

Nylanderia cf. arenivega

#23 Offline Shareallicu - Posted October 28 2016 - 6:12 PM


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 CamponotusLover don't worry about it. its my first year aswell. 

Mine too!! :D :yahoo:

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