While I was at Saluda Schoals yesterday, I decided to peel back the bark of a fallen pine tree to see what was underneath. I saw a colony of Brachyponera chinensis, of course, and a few Camponotus chromaiodes workers. I peeled back some more bark, and I revealed a colony of Aphaenogaster lamellidens. I peeled back some more bark to search for the queen, and I found her! I collected her, pretty much all of the brood, and as many workers as I could. When I got home and put them into a container, I looked at the brood and was able to pick out a batch of around 30 or so eggs, about 40 larva, and a single worker pupa. Some of the larva were very large. I have a suspicion that those are alate brood. I won't know for certain until they pupate, however, which should be soon. I'm glad to have a colony of larger Aphaenogaster. They're about twice the size of my Aphaenogaster carolinensis, and they are much more graceful. I will make a formicarium for them soon.
Edited by CloudtheDinosaurKing, May 21 2019 - 4:26 AM.