1. Location of collection: Crystal Lake, Azusa, California
2. Date of collection: 6-18-2016
3. Habitat of collection: Pine/Oak Forest.
4. Length (from head to gaster): 7mm
I found this Aphaenogaster occidentalis queen in a founding chamber under a rock on 6-18-2016 near Crystal Lake in Azusa, California. She had a small amount of brood with her and was sharing the space with a colony of Tapinoma sessile. Since she has some young pupae, I would say she probably flew about a month ago.
I decided to put her in one of my new founding nests.