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My daughter got an ant farm for her birthday. We ordered the
ants, received them about 6 weeks later--most were still
alive. We made up the sugar sand as described with the ant
farm instructions, watered them everyday and put in a piece of
cat food once per week. At first they were tunneling, but
after 2 weeks the little guys weren't looking good and then the
next week they all died.
I don't want to order more if they aren't going to live very
long. Does anyone have special ant farm secrets they can share?
I am sure you will learn the same answer from many, many
respondents - Ant colonies cannot survive without a queen. It is,
in fact, illegal to ship queen ants through the mail. Ant farm
ant colonies always die, and they die in a way that is
heartbreaking to watch - They work hard to transport the bodies
of their fallen comrades to the ''graveyard'' in the corner of the
ant farm. Soon they are all dead except for one weak and
dedicated lone ant whose final hours are spent carrying dead
bodies. Then it will die alone. Fun, Huh? In all honesty, we did
enjoy our ant farm while it lasted. You just need to be honest
about what you're in for.
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