Contents: 10x 2 ml Honeydew
This is a natural product which we have refined after extensive tests in our laboratory and developed into a feed that is very well accepted by ants.
Our honeydew was collected in the unpolluted wild mountain forests of Bulgaria. Honeydew is only produced for a very limited time, around two months in summer. Therefore it is very rare. Due to the specific soil properties of the forests and the climate, existentially important nutrients were stored in the leaves of the trees, which are ingested by the aphids. This is what makes this honeydew mix so desirable to ants.
The feeding tube can be placed in the formicarium as a whole, alternatively, depending on requirements/colony size, give smaller amounts in a feeding bowl. Amount of food should be consumed within about 3 days.
Unlike flower honey, honeydew is obtained from the secretions of plant-sucking insects such as aphids. Honeydew is a popular food source for many insects such as ants, bees and bumblebees. Bees and bumblebees lick it from the leaves or needles of different trees. Ants like Lasius niger literally farm the aphids for honeydew. They even defend them against predators and carry them to fresh shoots.
Honeydew is popular with ants mainly because of its slightly different components. The main sugars in honeydew are sucrose and fructose, but smaller amounts of maltose, trehalose, melezitose, raffinose and other oligosaccharides are also found. In addition to sugar and water, honeydew also contains essential amino acids, minerals, trace elements, adenosine phosphates and other ingredients such as vitamins.
For honey-eating ant species (Meliphagidae)
It is a supplementary feed (single feed)
It can be offered to the animals in the delivered condition. Since the humidity reduces the sugar concentration and a fermentation process begins, the feed should be changed every 3 days. Thoroughly clean the feeding bowl/tube before using it again.
An opened pack is to be used well closed until the specified (BBD).
Nutrition information per 100g:
approx. 2.7% fats
of which saturated approx. 0.45%
approx. 95% carbohydrates
of which sugars approx. 71%
approx. 2.85% protein
Minerals (potassium, calcium, copper, iron, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and other trace elements) Amino acids (proline, leucine, phenylalanine, alanine, histidine, isoleucine, glutamic acid, arginine, aspartic acid, etc.) Organic acids Enzymes (ferments) flavorings Inhibins (antibacterial substances) Blossoms Pollen
In order to guarantee the quality of the feed, the feed should be stored in a dark and dry place.
Information on using the feeding tubes can be found here: Link
Supplementary food for honey-eating ants.
For composition, analytical components, best-before date and lot number, please refer to the package insert.