YsTheAnt's Camponotus quercicola Journal: 7/19/2018
On March 30th, I went anting with Irishmate03112002 near Mt. Diablo. We managed to catch 14 queens, 7 of which I kept. I gave away 2, and one was infertile, which left me with four queens. After about a month and a half they got their first workers. The queens started laying second batches of eggs about 2-3 weeks after the first nanitic eclosed. They have all layed second batches of eggs, 3 queens actually layed over 20 eggs for their second batch, and all continue to lay more. I also added oak bark into their outworld, as per @nurbs' advice.
All but the colony with the most brood has at least 1 media. [EDIT Well, after reviewing the footage, the colony with the most brood actually does have a small media.]Two of the colonies have majors.
These are some of my favorite ants, since they are so massive and calm. I have fed them with my bare hands before and saw no signs of aggression. They are also quite tolerant of being bothered, and don't really care if you shine a light at them or if the desk I keep them on is vibrated.
I made a video featuring the colony with the most brood. They should be at around 30 workers by the end of August .
Edited by YsTheAnt, July 19 2018 - 5:10 PM.