I have ordered a small Paraponera colony this summer and I would like to inform you that the 1st worker of my Paraponera queen (where 2 workers died off and one escaped in summer) is hatched yesterday. So, I'm very happy now.
I was collecting the peaces of information from several sites and would like to send you my experiments. Here's a helpful paper about rearing this species, I think you know it: Hyperlinks sind nur für registrierte Nutzer sichtbar
There are some important but simple key points which should be known and is not emphasized well on the ant ordering webpages. I believe that the workers died of at the beginning because I haven't known these exactly:
- No honey but 10% sugar water is needed: this ant is a saccharose specialist
- This often hunts termites and the best protein sources are therefore the juveniles of the related cockroaches (but e.g. the Shelfordella tartara is smelly for this but e.g. Blaptica dubia and Gromphadorhina portentosa are good), which should be reared in good quality meal to transport the vitamines to the ant. I gave the cockroaches directly to the nest day by day and changed the sugar water droplets also day by day
- The humidity should be high but the nest should be dry to avoid the of fungal infection
- The terrarium should be large and the starter colony needs a c.a. 8x8x1,5 cm dark chamber with a c.a. 10 cmx1,5 cm tube and the entrance should be at a corner of the terrarium
- The larvae are not able to pupate withouth peaces of e.g. of peat (or some other thing which can not get fungal infection).
I hope you don't mind these peaces of information, let me if you have any suggestions about this.
Happy New Year,