Feeder Fly Ant
Feeder fly ants can be collected and fed annually. In South
Africa they appear sporadically between the November and March
after good rains, sometimes just before another good shower.
They can be collected by hand and stored in a bottle with small
holes in the lid for a few days. Reduced temperatures (i.e.
refrigeration) will induce a reversible slumber with a reduced
activity which preserves some of their natural nutrients. After
being stored in the refrigerator, they can be “defrosted” at
room temperature for the first few days. After longer periods of
time they will start to die off. It is therefore recommended to
only wake up the amount of fly ants that are
going to be fed and to keep the rest asleep. Wings that are still
attached should not be removed.
Fly ants seems to be very tasty and is
a joy to feed to baby and juvenile lizards, various frog and
toad species, birds, primates, fish, arachnids and chameleons. Some lizards
like Bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) will take them
dead or alive (see the
Feeding Fly Ants
To Other Animals for more information).
Fly ants can also be used as bait for various fishing