Harvester Ant Dragging Fly

12. November 2012 by Mike in Food, Messor Structor  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

As the colony is so small I thought the queen might benefit from a protein boost. My friend provided me with this fine fly specimen from a restaurant electric fly zapper :-)

I dipped the fly in boiling water for 30 seconds to sterilise the outside. Forum posts seem to indicate flies aren't the best choice of protein for ants as they can have many bacteria on them etc.

The strength of the Harvester ants is amazing - he was able to drag the fly on his own back into the nest!. They are also amazingly persistent.  Numerous times food has fallen off the ramp and they have gone back for it and eventually got it to the top of the ramp and into the nest!

 

Note: I wouldn't advise giving them flies, they don't seem to eat it all and it creates a mess with legs and wings all over the place :-)

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