The first Novomessor Cockerelli Colony I got had one worker after the other die, eventually leaving just the queen. Any eggs or eventual larvae would magically disappear.
I thought perhaps I should avoid this species.
But I decided to try again. I bought yet another colony from nurbs, this time one with a few more workers, 12 to be exact.
So on a rainy day I a couple months ago I picked up my new colony which were housed in a pencil case formicarium. These were caught sometime in 2017.
I moved them into my imitation Tar Heel Ants Fortress nest and they did alright but eventually started to die, again one by one. i lost about 4 of the workers.
I ordered a Tar Heel Ants Fortress for these guys and moved them in immediately. And by move them in I mean shake them into the outworld. The queen was hesitant to move into the fortress so i grabbed her with featherweight forceps and forced her into the hole on top of the fortress. The workers eventually looked for her and found her.
However, the workers were still dying. I lost another 5 over the course of a couple weeks.
The one thing that never looked bad was the amount of brood. The brood continued to grow nicely.
About 4 days ago, I noticed I had almost 4 new workers! The brood was also looking nice.
I'm hoping this colony continues to thrive.
So here is the beginning of this journal.