I have three Pogonomyrmex badius queens. They were dug up from claustral chambers. I had six dug up but some miscommunication with my brother in law left three in the sun and they fried. AAAARRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGG. I am so mad at myself for that.
So good chance they are fertile I hope, since they were found in claustral chambers. I read every post on here and elsewhere that I could find about these ladies. So I put them in some sand and let them dig. See the video below. There are many posts saying a natural chamber like this is your best bet to get a good healthy start, instead of the usual test tube set up.
The plan now is to just put them in a warm room and wait for some workers to emerge in a month or so. I figure I should just put a few drops of water once a week or so to keep the sand moist but I shouldn't need to do anything else till I see workers. God I hope this works. I am designing a 4 ft tall display for them that they will be able to dig in, with an outworld on top. I can add more room for them. Casts of natural nests have shown they can go 9ft deep and 3ft spread. I plan on trying to give them an similar area to dig in over time. I like building things All that is dreams unless I get one of these fine ladies to succeed.
So, suggestions? Tips? Good vibes? Don't think it would be good to move them now that they have dug in, it seems to be a the kind of set up people have had success with before.