Posts: 18,292 Country: England Pets: Ants, 1 Canary, 7 Finches, 2 dogs and 1 wife Favourite Ant: Formica rufa & Camponotus habereri I Like: Daleks, History and good movies. I Hate: Very spicy food and hot curry. I Am: A Senior Citizen Joined: April, 2008 Likes: 4,562
There were so many newly mated Lasius niger queens on our carpark, and birds eating a lot, I collected a few. I fed them to my own ants after killing them first, as they are fresh meat after all. This kind of predation happens in the wild, as foraging ants will take alates and young queens back to their nest for food, and other predators such as birds and spiders take many. The fact is that only 7% of newly mated queens will survive to dig a nest, and only 3% live to found a colony. So is the law of nature, and why I only use a very common and prolific ant species to feed my own ants. Some may disagree with this, but my ants enjoy the benefits of having a snack on fresh tasty protein.