November 26, 2007
by: jovial_cynic
As I stated before, winter is here and my ability to catch critters is a bit hampered by the weather. Over the summer, my ants feasted on craneflies and spiders, and now that they're gone, I have to either start digging in the dirt for new food, or I can start experimenting.

I've decided to start experimenting.

I read on an ant forum that some ants like mixture water, egg, honey, and syrup, and I've also read in an article on trapping pest ants that "Big-headed ants, little black ants and pavement ants prefer grease and protein; in addition, they will also feed on fruit juices. They respond best to protein/grease baits." The site mentioned a combination of peanut butter and honey.

So... I've set up a little test. I've got several sections of food in the ant habitat with the following foods:

  • cat food crumbs
  • poppy seeds
  • peanut butter
  • egg mix
  • sugar
  • salt

We'll see what happens. If they don't touch any of it, I may be forced to run to the local pet store and get some crickets. Or dig, I suppose.
np category: ants


james said:
i have only just found this gem of a blog and i have spent the last hour and a half reading through all your posts. i would just like to say that i am extremely jealous of your set up, it looks great. i lost my last farm in a house fire (poor ants!) and have not got round to building another one. i figured i would wait until late spring to catch a queen before i built it. anyway, thanks for the awesome post and keep the updates coming!
November 29, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
Thanks. I'm glad I could provide you with an hour and a half of entertainment.

I plan to keep this thing going -- with my ants in their latest chamber, they're much easier to watch. I've been having quite a bit of fun with them lately.

November 29, 2007

Max Hyland said:
I've been keeping up with your thread on SA, and read that you would consider parting with a spare queen (or breeding males/females) when they come around as long as the interested party wasn't out of your geographic area? I've been trying to get a proper ant farm set up as part of the curriculum for the kids I teach but the F. Pacifica we catch out from under our sidewalk don't do anything interesting without a queen.
November 29, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
Yeah - if you're local (Tacoma, I see), I'll gladly hunt down a F. Pacifica queen. I'm sure that my back yard has several colonies of them. We'll have to wait until spring, but I'd be glad to help out with the project.

I'll shoot you an e-mail and we can chat more.

November 29, 2007

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