1. Location of collection: Backyard, Firestone, Colorado
2. Date of collection: 6-20-2016
3. Habitat of collection: Under a rock/grass/dirt/yard.
I was able to find 4 of these buggers by a bit of luck actually. Not much of a story when, "I walked out on my back porch and there they were." Whether or not if they are fertile..... http://i.imgur.com/vSbbbPS
I had two die on me so I knew I needed to get them into a different set up. I used a tool organizer bin box thingy. Moved one of the queens into this two cell section. Put a soaked cotton ball for water/moisture, a lil tin foil plate of catfood + a q-tip of honey+water. http://i.imgur.com/Nh4bosw
Did the same thing for the other queen though I didn't put dirt on her "food side". I don't remember which one but one of these two began to dig about in the dirt while the other went for some of the moisture. Pretty sure they are/were malnourished. Both still had their wings. I put their boxes in a dark closet to rest.
It's been raining and hot as sin out so for [censored]'n'giggles, I went to my front yard and flipped a stone. Holy colony, Batman. There were two (w/ wings) on top and being rather surprised at my (again lucky) discovery, I quickly got one in a tube. The other was able to sneak away. I should mention that I have a zero landscape section in my yard where it's essentially rocks and sand/dirt. It's very hard to shovel and dig in the area as there are stones all over. I then tried to gather as many workers for the queen. I probably got....10 out of the 50 that were there. They have a "super box" with more chambers though I tried a water reservoir. I put this box ontop of the others in the closet with a slight tilt to prevent too much water from coming out. http://i.imgur.com/rjEKuHc --- http://imgur.com/X7AageU ...can't get that one to work..
Just the waiting game now I suppose. Hopefully something manifests.
Edited by sgheaton, September 25 2018 - 12:31 PM.