Fellow antkeepers. Got secret sauce tip for you.
Discovered this late last year, while trying to find an alternative to the you-just-can't-lose wingless fruit flies. But it is time to share! Just don't go on Amazon and buy them all. Talkin to you, Soul
I've experimented with all manner of freeze dried insects - and generally, most ants do not like them. Same with bloodworms.
But late last year, decided to try out this Hikari bloodworm brand.
What a difference. The ants love it. But you must add water! By itself, the worms are a wash. Ha. See what I did there?
Add bottled water. Let it soak for 10 minutes to make a soupy mixture. They won't automatically take to it, but once the water dries a little, the workers will start grabbing the worms and stick them to their brood.
I've tried this with dozens of species, and they all eat it up. Very easy to feed and clean. The Hikari brand has a subtle scent, but it's not a bad odor like the other freeze dried bloodworms. Their freezing process apparently keeps the worms quite fresh.