This is one group of Atta texana (5-queens) I will be keeping track here. I do not plan to disturb the group often so I probably only update once a week during this early founding stage. So it has been a week since the queens were collected. Today I found that one queen couldn't make it and as you can see bad fungi appear on the body rather quick. The dead queen was discarded by the other surviving queens (now down to 4) at the far side of the container away for obvious reason. All the queens appear to gather near the small droplet of fungus pellets seen attached to eggs laid by the queens. Hopefully the fungus will grow in the following week.
Edited by yen_saw, May 11 2019 - 11:26 AM.