I caught two Tetramorium Sp.E (caespitum) queens in San Francisco, while visiting people, in late July, along with some Formica cf. fusca queens. Since I was not there for ants, I had no gear to keep them in, and the two stayed together in a dry, empty water bottle until I got back home. They were immediately moved into test tubes, and both started laying eggs. After a while, it was obvious one of them was infertile, but I tried to keep my hopes up. Then, in the recent heat waves, the infertile one, along with one of the Formica cf. fusca, and my fruit fly culture was wiped out by the heat, which easily went over 100 degrees Fahrenheit indoors. By now, I am pretty sure this second queen is easily my largest colony right now, I gave up on counting workers, but I will make an estimate soon. Since this species is known to live up North where it snows as well, I will be giving these guys a little bit of a hibernation period, but rather short compared to what Crystals and Mercutia have to do in Canada. Even during hibernation, they will be kept at decent temperatures.
Edited by Gregory2455, February 20 2019 - 10:05 PM.