I prefer to catch insects around my garden, but what kind of food to you like best for your ants? Something alive, freshly killed, dead or food you can buy specially made up? Please vote on the poll and post what you give, or what is the favourite food of your ants in captivity.
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I swat flies and spiders on a daily basis, weather permitting. I've tried crickets but they don't seem that interested. My cake goes down a treat to, again homemade is peferred to the shop variety. It must be the fresh ingredients I guess
I also like to give fresh flies and spiders, found some kind of grub in the grass today, it was rather large and alive, but I thought I would try them with it and looked about 1/2 hr later and it was gone !!!!!
Lately my Nigers have been feeding on Luncheon Meat and Chopped Ham and Pork. I also feed them any Spiders or Insect that come into the house. Crickets are good if you are unable to catch any live prey yourself. Caterpillars are readily enjoyed.
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I use a 5.8lt braplast container with some eggs carton for the beetles to hide and lay eggs on. I feed the worms grinded dog food. I also feed them small pieces of carrot or vegetables kitchen wastes, while the worms can be kept on a dry diet, I've seen they grow and reproduce much faster in a slighly humid environment. I keep them quite warm, about 23-25°C, you can use the temperature to speed up or slow down the production.
The production of a single container will last indefinitely, if for some reason (low temperature, excessive harvest) I run out of mealworms I buy 2 euro of them at my local pet shop to resettle the colony. I've seen that mealworms raised on such diet are much more "fat" than the one I buy, raised on pure wheat bran.
Keep a ready supply of honey water for the larger colonies and up until now meal worms (killed before feeding). Today I got my delivery of small brown silent crickets, and I can safely say these are an instant favourite across all my colonies.
They are live food (for the larger colonies to hunt) but for the smaller colonies I place the cricket tub into the fridge for 5 minutes, then it's easier to catch, crush and place into the test tubes. I'd highly recommend them, for the ant it's a quick and easy supply of protein (more nutrients if you feed the crickets decent food) as the small crickets aren't that tough.
Other than small insects and honey water, what is everyone feeding their colonies? I can see some place the left overs from our meals (cooked chicken/beef), just wondering if there are any specific types people have found to be an overall favourite by ants.
I fish so I feed mine maggots as you can get them in different sizes I.e Squats, Pinkies and normal maggots as well as casters. I just save some I always have enough. I fish most weekends and I've tried carp pellets (mixed results).
Had them now for a few days (and nights), I can safely say they are very quiet! During the day you hear a few bump against the side of the tub but nothing more. Tiny as well, none exceeding 2cm (which the ant's are loving).
Freshly killed caught insects from the back garden for my Lasius niger colony. I sometimes buy crickets/waxworks/mealworms for them too. I also give Protein jellies. Honey water and sugar water, jam and fruits for the workers!
Well for my colony its soft crickets at the moment as I no longer have a garden to find them the daily food they need and of course honey water,I used to use the liquid from jam but strangely when I gave them both honey water and jam juice yesterday they completely ignored the jam. They eat far more crickets than honey water