So, about a month back, I finally was able to convince my parents to allow me to keep carpenter ants. I caught a Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen while camping about 2 weeks ago, but she died a day later and fly larvae hatched from the corpse. Not a great start.
Today, however, I found another. Well, my brother and his friends found it and gave it to me. They had her in a Ziploc bag with a dampened paper towel. She only has one of the four wings still attached. Once I got home, I transferred her to a test tube. She didn't start pulling cotton immediately like all Camponotus queens I've had before, and within a minute of being in the tube, she started to clean her gaster. One of her back legs in injured, so she walks with a slight limp, but other than that she seems really healthy. I have high hopes for this queen.
I will update this journal once something happens. And I will add photos soon.
Edited by Mettcollsuss, June 6 2018 - 6:07 PM.