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Seeds For Aphaenogaster rudis?

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#1 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 27 2017 - 6:42 AM

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I currently have a small colony of Aphaenogaster rudis. I've been feeding them on honey, mealworms, and crickets. However, all the seeds I've tried giving them, they've rejected. Lately, they've been getting a little bored of their current foods. Does anyone here have A. rudis? If so, are there any seeds you've had success with? Please help!


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#2 Offline AkumaArtist - Posted December 27 2017 - 11:57 AM

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I don't have them,but I find pretty usefull the parakeet or the canary food pretty succesfull with many species because it has a big variety of seeds on it.
still,you can try many types,maybe you can discover new seeds they like and nobody knew they did


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#3 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 28 2017 - 11:55 AM

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I don't have them,but I find pretty usefull the parakeet or the canary food pretty succesfull with many species because it has a big variety of seeds on it.
still,you can try many types,maybe you can discover new seeds they like and nobody knew they did

I will, but at the moment I'm more focused on something that they will definitely eat, since they're starting to ignore their current food sources.



#4 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted December 28 2017 - 12:47 PM

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Forest Aphaenogaster are much better suited to eat insects/sugars in captivity.


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#5 Offline AkumaArtist - Posted December 28 2017 - 12:48 PM

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My Messor b. loved the parakeet ones

Also you could observate wild ants of the species you are keeping to see what they preffer or look it on internet 


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#6 Offline Diesel - Posted December 28 2017 - 1:05 PM

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fruit flies are always a hit. check with your local pet store. they may even be able to order them for you. i have a local pet smart that has them. they told me they usually write them off because not many ppl buy them. i think i pay like7.50 for a vial of 100 that also has cultures to raise 4-5 generations.


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#7 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted December 29 2017 - 9:14 AM

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When you have a picky colony, use fruit flies or termites. I don't know any aphaenogaster, tetramorium, pogonomyrmex, camponotus, or others that won't eat termites or fruit flies.
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Proverbs 6:6-8 New International Version (NIV)

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.

 


#8 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 29 2017 - 10:26 AM

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When you have a picky colony, use fruit flies or termites. I don't know any aphaenogaster, tetramorium, pogonomyrmex, camponotus, or others that won't eat termites or fruit flies.

It's not that they're picky, they're just getting a little bored of the foods I have available. But, yes, I will try those.



#9 Offline rbarreto - Posted May 8 2018 - 7:14 AM

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Don't know if this is still relevant or if you already know but I have been doing some research and found that Aphaenogaster only consume the elaiosome which is a fleshy protein and lipid rich structure that is attached to the seeds of mymecochorous plants (Bloodroot, primrose, trillium). They only forage for myrmecochorous seeds when food is hard to find.


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