I caught this queen that I think is Formica incerta last summer. I took her out of hibernation about a week ago, and she had 3 eggs when I last checked up on her. I don't normally start journals for queens until they get to workers, as I explained in my F. subsericea journal. But, this queen is showing several signs of being fertile, so I figured I might as well go ahead and start this journal.
Like all Formica queens, she's very paranoid. Unlike most Formica queens, when panicking, she takes some of her brood with her to try and save it. Most Formica queens I've had in the past only try to save themselves.
Here are some photos from a couple days ago. While I was taking the photos, she had an egg stuck to the underside of her abdomen.