Hi everyone. I found a relatively small Camponotus queen on March 23rd of this year. She is almost exactly 13 mm long. I found her under a rock here in Austin, TX. She flew the night before, as I'd not found an ant under this rock the previous day. From her size and coloration, I presume that she is C. texanus.
Amazingly, she already has 14 eggs! This is the largest number of eggs I've had a Camponotus queen ever lay before she had workers. She settled in really fast to her test tube.
She's relatively docile. I can observe her without foil on her test tube, and she does not freak out when I pick up the tube.
Seeing as it seems as if she'll be successful at this point, I decided to start a journal.
Here are some pictures I took today through my microscope:
I'm excited to see how this colony will come out.
Edited by cpman, June 18 2015 - 1:20 PM.