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 Post subject: Leaves-a-turning!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:28 am 
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Heres an interesting fact! Acromyrmex ( and possibly atta also, not tested this) will take leaves that are turning. I have found that leaves which are acceptable when they are green are equally acceptable when they are red or yellow. Infact all stages up until they are starting to rot. More than this, if you offer a choice between fresh green leaves or leaves that have started to turn, Acromyrmex will either not show any preference or will cut the discoloured leaves first. Not sure why this is but it does extend the leaf season somewhat. Always depressed at this time of year. Its a long winter ahead with poor choice and cold foraging on dark nights and mornings. Sometimes the Brussel Sprout / Cabbage route is the only option!

 Post subject: Re: Leaves-a-turning!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:09 pm 

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Yes, I can confirm that Atta will take yellowing leaves, of privet anyhow... :)

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