I feel like I recently hit a new level of rearing food for my ant colonies. In the past I have kept fruit flies, crickets, and wax worms however more recently I decided to try something new. I set out a trap near the rubbish bin baited with wet cat food and waited until the house flies had laid several clutches of eggs. These I moved to a clean cat food culture and after a day I had several hundred wiggly, juicy maggots.
After two days I gathered a nice clump of them from the sides of the glass walls and placed them in my Camponotus tortuganus and Lasius niger foraging areas. They were an immediate hit, eliciting a very nice foraging response in both colonies. They also were popular with a tiny frog that just made it to land a few weeks ago from tadpole stage.
Do you keep any live foods going for your ants? If so, what?
P.S. Obviously, live foods that live on decaying meat can transmit all kinds of unhealthy, unpleasantness. Be sure to wear gloves and maintain a clean environment, bleaching equipment and washing your hands if you come in contact!